The Ellet Grace Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio, is gearing up for an outreach event that is designed to connect with their neighbors and to encourage people who are hurting. The monthly coffee-house-type ministry is held at the church, located at 530 Stetler Avenue.
“Some people come broken before God and are ready to surrender to Him. Some people come with broken lives, with fears, hurts, and dashed hopes seeking for something greater,” says Mary Shaub, one of the organizers. “We want to encourage the broken before God to continue to pursue Him and those with broken lives to find life in Jesus.”
The informal atmosphere includes food, live contemporary music, and a brief challenge from God’s word. There is no charge to attend. The food is provided through donations and the church’s praise band, G3, provides the music. Area churches are also bringing their youth groups, according to Shaub, nothing that 70 percent who attend are not from the Ellet church.