New members flock to American Church that serves beer and wine during Sunday Services

A California church, The Greater Purpose Community Church, is growing its followership in an unexpected way: serving beer and wine during Sunday services. The church, based in Santa Cruz, California, United States, recently relocated to a new space described as a “food lounge” with “plenty of beer taps”. According to, the food lounge is a temporary space for the church in transition, which plans to open a new space, complete with its own brewery, next summer. gathers that the church plans to donate 30 to 60% of the brewery’s profits to charity. 
“There’s nothing in the bible that says you can’t drink alcohol in a responsible manner,” Chris VanHall, Greater Purpose Community Church pastor, was quoted to have said. 

Community Church Vine pair notes that the crossover between beer and Christianity has existed for centuries, with monks brewing beer since medieval times. 

In recent years, craft breweries like Reformation Brewing in Woodstock, Ga., and Black Cloister Brewery in Toledo, Ohio have been founded by former pastors. 

The church’s message reads: “Beer is a beverage centered on community. When consumed responsibly, it can bring people together in ways traditional worship can’t. We’re here for it.”  
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