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January 18, 2011 - 

Coffee, music, and talent combined for an evening of casual outreach and worship at the Kentville (Nova Scotia) Christian Reformed Church.

The event, called Common Grounds Coffee House, included a performance by Chelsea Nisbett, the winner of the 2008 Gospel Recording of the Year in the prestigious East Coast Music Awards. An earlier coffee house featured Don Amero, a nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards.

A large volunteer effort went into planning the event. Kids were involved and given space to sing, dance, and play. For others, sofas, tables, and chairs provided a place to relax and chat. Soft lighting helped enhance the mood.

Rev. Mike Veenema said, “We are gradually learning to be more confident and effective in speaking to the community in which God has placed us.”

Attracting a diverse group of people, the atmosphere of the coffee house was one of comradeship and enjoyment. Jackie VanderTuin, a member of the church, said that the event exceeded her expectations, and that she is looking forward to future coffee houses.

“My family, who do not attend church at all and question God’s existence, came and are looking forward to more events,” she said. “This is a prime example of where God is working outside of the traditional church walls.”

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