CHANNAHON – The new café worship service at Channahon United Methodist Church is not simply another contemporary service.
It's a come-as-you-are interactive second-service worship that includes sitting around tables, singing praise music and watching videos related to the day's message.
"People can talk to one another as well as to the worship leader in front," Rev. Tim Casey, pastor, pictured on the far left, said. "They have a place where they can sit with their coffee and doughnuts and Bible.
It's a very different setting than having rows of people looking at you and not necessarily interacting with one another very much."
The coffee and pastries are free (although donations are accepted), compliments of Harry Breen, a longtime member of Channahon United Methodist Church who's been providing both for years, Casey said.
"I think it's great to have him there providing us with this," Casey said. "I think what he does is as great a ministry as anything we do."
Channahon United Methodist Church launched the cafe worship service on Sunday. Twenty-eight people attended, which Casey felt was a good beginning. Some of those who attended the earlier traditional services also came to the café one – and so did some of the worship leaders, Casey said.