Theology On Tap




Apparently, Catholics have a lot more fun at their Bible studies than Protestants do….


Written by Lyn Dowling

VIERA — Early on a Tuesday evening, the 20- and 30-somethings start to drift into the intimate little lounge at the back of Florida Wine & Spirits. They chat about work, kids and other aspects of their lives and the eternal questions of the happy hour for young adults: whether it would be wiser to purchase wine by the glass or simply buy a bottle and what sort of beer is on tap tonight.

Proprietor Jeremy Norcross suggests a good red, recommends a new amber beer and then sets about opening a bottle and pouring a round. Finally, a man in a plain, collared shirt puts down his beverage and speaks: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son …”

This is Theology on Tap, a monthly ministry of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Viera, and it is so popular that workers from the package store move extra chairs into the lounge so that more people can be accommodated.

“We started with six people, and now we have about 20 people (at each meeting),” said Valerie Farrell, a local resident who heads St. John’s young adult ministry.

That is as pleasing to Norcross, the new owner of Florida Wine & Spirits, as it is to the people of St. John the Evangelist.

“I’ve only hosted one program because I bought the business in March, but I think it’s an interesting program,” said Norcross, who inherited the program from the previous owners of his store. It has been there less than a year. “Not much happens in here on Tuesday nights, and so I think it is good for business.”

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