When Grand Rapids, Mich., was voted Beer City USA, Matt Wiechel thought of combining Bible study with beer. “Bibles and Beers came out of a brainstorming session we had a few years ago when we were going through some Healthy Church exercises,” said Wiechel, a member of Princeton Christian Reformed Church in Kentwood, Mich. “I personally enjoyed craft brews and figured that it would be fun to put them together.”
One Thursday a month, Wiechel and attendees meet at a local restaurant or brewery. For two hours, the group meets to talk about their lives and get to know each other. Attendees include church members and others from the local Grand Rapids community.
“Within the next few months, said Wiechel, “we are going to plan for a more focused study of the Bible or of a book.”
Wiechel has a personal passion for craft beers and felt it would be a good idea to put it together in a Bible study format. Participants can talk about the Bible, their lives, and sip on their preferred beverages. Princeton’s Bibles and Beers offers a new and different way for members to connect with the church community in a small group setting.
“I think having a bit less formal setting and tying in with a shared interest makes it an easier place to invite someone,” said Wiechel.