An idea which first saw the light of day at the 2006 Greenbelt Festival arrived in Gildersome in 2013 and has been a regular feature ever since. ‘Beer and Hymns’ — an event which does just what it says on the tin — is where people get together in a social setting (often in vast numbers) to drink beer and sing hymns. Beer & Hymns events, organised by St Peter’s, have been held at Gildersome Sports Club, Gildersome Conservative Club, in St Paul’s Church in Drighlington. St Peter’s Gildersome have also supplied the worship band at St Peter’s Morley for their version of Beer and Hymns, WASH (Wine, Ale, Songs and Hymns).
The most recent Beer & Hymns was held at St Peter’s this month. The bar was stocked with hand pulled cask ale from Ossett Brewery and wines and soft drinks were served. Just for a bit of variety we also had a barbecue instead of the traditional pie and peas!
“God did abundantly more than we could have hoped for, or imagined! An amazing, blessed and happy evening” Ali
“A wonderful time…paraise AND beer, is there anything better: Please make it happen again. Thank you for a great night.” – Chris
“An exciting night of love, joy and worship. Lives were changed. Great to have people from all over the area and from different denominations. Everyone there received a blessing!” – Christine
“Great atmosphere. Amazing worship time. Jesus was definitely in there with us. He put something into my mum’s heart for sure! Watch this space…” – Dee
A number of people from the congregation at St Peter’s have been regular participants at ‘Beer and Hymns, organised by Brighouse Methodist Church at the Halifax Steam Brewery—and have enjoyed the event so much that they decided on the Gildersome import.
Phil Pearce, who masterminded the organisation of the last and will, as Chair of St Peter’s ‘Evangelism and Mission’ group no doubt mastermind subsequent Beer & Hymns sessions said, “It is a really great night out—awesome in fact. The idea is so simple. It’s always a massive success—it can’t fail.”
The Top 10 ‘Beer & Hymns’ chart—just to whet your whistle.
1. ‘All hail the power of Jesus’ name’
2. ‘Amazing grace’
3. ‘And can it be’
4. ‘At the name of Jesus’
5. ‘Be Thou my vision’
6. ‘Crown Him with many crowns’
7. ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind’
8. ‘Great is Thy faithfulness’
9. ‘Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah’
10. ‘Praise my soul, the King of heaven’