Beginning Sunday, September 7, 2014, and continuing every Sunday in September, Rogue Tavern will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. in partnership with Birmingham First United Methodist Church. The two organizations have decided to work together to build a faithful community on Sunday nights in downtown that will center around dinner with a meaningful twist. Children and youth activities will be available at Birmingham First UMC along with a healthy meal from 5:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. for parents who want to join the fun at Rogue.
Birmingham First Associate Pastor, Rev. Stephanie Arnold, said, “There are many faithful people looking for something more significant in their lives who, for a number of reasons, are not comfortable coming into a church building. We want to provide unexpected avenues for people to explore and grow in faithful ways and we believe that needs to happen both inside and outside the church walls.”
This is not the first time Birmingham First has turned to local bars for ways to grow faithful people. In the 1960's Senior Pastor, Denson Franklin, and Associate Pastor, Joe Rush, regularly visited local bars to meet people where they were and to build relationships. Birmingham First UMC has a long history of doing things differently.
Birmingham First UMC has been in existence since 1872. Its mission is to be an OPEN place for ALL to worship, grow, and serve. Rogue Tavern opened its doors in 2009 as the first restaurant/tavern/music venue on 2nd Avenue North. You can find out more about these two organizations and the Rogue events in September at www.firstchurchbhm.com and www.roguetavern.com.
Watch a video to find out more about the Sunday evenings venture this fall.