“Coffee Shop” Style Church Makes the News

Grandview Christian Assembly has made the news as a “coffee shop” style church that stands strong on the Word of God.  Check out the news article run in the This Week Community Newspaper:

‘Coffee shop’ style church has relocated to Grandview

Wednesday, September 1, 2010  12:51 PM

By ALAN FROMAN

ThisWeek Community Newspapers

An area church relocating in the Grandview area offers what its pastor calls a modern “coffee shop” atmosphere at its Sunday worship service.

Grandview Christian Assembly will officially open at its new location, 751 Northwest Blvd., on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Formerly known as Upper Arlington Christian Assembly, the church was forced to move from its site in that community when its landlord announced plans to sell the property.

“We decided to try to make a situation that could be a setback for us into a positive,” Pastor John Myer said. “The more we thought about it, we realized it would be great if we could move to Grandview Heights because it’s a type of community that fits us like a glove.”

The majority of the 50 or so members of GCA are graduate student or starter family age, he said.

“Finding the space on Northwest Boulevard has been such a blessing for us,” Myer said. “It gives us better visibility and it will be easier for people to find us. Our former location was hard to find even using MapQuest.”

Services at GCA are “quite relaxed and casual,” he said. “You won’ t get that intense feeling of ‘churchiness,’ which depending on your viewpoint, could be a good or bad thing, I suppose.”

The idea is to make worship a more welcoming and comfortable experience, especially for new churchgoers, Myer said.

“We take the edge off for people, but our message and teaching are 100 percent faithful to the Bible,” he said.

The services feature mostly contemporary Christian music with some traditional music mixed in, Myer said.

GCA is taking the coffeehouse theme to heart.

“We’re in the process of buying out a coffee roaster business and we will be brewing our own coffee,” Myer said.

The church plans to serve free coffee to first time visitors, he said.

“It’s another way to help make people feel welcome to our church,” Myer said.

Sunday worship will be held at 11 a.m. and small group bible studies will take place on different days of the week at various church members’ homes, he said.

The church was founded in January 2009 emerging from Oasis Christian Community, an Ohio State Christian group, and Columbus Christian Assembly in Worthington.

More information about GCA is available at www.grandviewchristianassembly.org.

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