Bar Church is July 13 at Open Chord

Celebrate Knoxville spoke with Matt Peeples this afternoon, who will be speaking at Bar Church on July 13, 2016, at 7:30pm at The Open Chord. This event (including the option to enjoy refreshing beer during the service) is sponsored by The Point, a church that meets regularly at Regal Cinema in West Town Mall.

“Bar Church is a way for us to connect with people in a relaxed atmosphere and communicate with them about faith,” Peeples said. “This is our third summer for doing Bar Church. It’s an event that moves around town and has previously been held at Relix Variety Theater, and Scruffy City Music Hall.”


Bar Church will be held July 13, 2016 at The Open Chord, a Knoxville business that features live music, a music school, and a music store, all in one location. People of all walks of life, believers and unbelievers and all points between, meet together, have a beer if they want to, listen to a message by Pastor Matt Peeples, and ask questions via texting during the message. Photo courtesy Bar Church/The Point.

“We have new cultural realities when it comes to communication,” Peeples said. “Feedback is not an option anymore, it is a demand. People have so many avenues for creating their own media channels and texting (during the message at Bar Church) gives people an opportunity to consider what is being said to them without feeling like they are being lectured. It is more of a conversation.”

Peeples said The Point is a church plant for Grace Lutheran in Knoxville and is orthodox Christian in beliefs. The doctines of the Trinity, Resurrection, and divine inspiration of Scripture are part of the creed.

Some people might think that having a church in a bar is a conflict of interest, but Peeples says that Jesus was/is interested in being culturally relevant. A relaxed, fun neighborhood bar is a place where conversations among different groups happen and relationships can be built.

When asked if Martin Luther was really a beer drinker, Peeples responded with “yes, his wife was a brewer. We joke that Bar Church is more beer, less wine than regular church.”

Bar Church is “music heavy” and can last from an hour and a half to two hours, with a cultural mix of music that can range anywhere from Christian contemporary music to Bob Marley and Foo Fighters. The “House Band,” as Peeples calls it, is led by Trey Sanson, formerly with Left Foot Down.

Peeples is originally from Kansas City and went to grad school in St. Louis. He lives in Knoxville with his wife and two sons, ages 3 years and 16 months.

The regular worship Sunday services for The Point are held at West Town Mall’s Regal Cinema at 9:30 am and 10:45 am.

For more information about Bar Church or The Point, visit