From WTOL in Toledo…

At its inaugural service, a new church in western Ohio offered a sermon and prayer – along with a mechanical bull-riding contest and beer on tap.

The Country Rock Church drew about 100 people to Sunday night’s first meeting at the Pub Lounge in Sidney, 35 miles north of Dayton.

The barroom church is an offshoot of Sidney United First Methodist Church, whose head pastor says he’s been looking for creative ways to reach people in unconventional places. Rev. Chris Heckaman says people really seemed to enjoy themselves during Sunday’s hourlong service, so he expects the Country Rock Church will meet weekly.

Heckaman’s first sermon was a sort of bull-riding lesson. He compared staying on the mechanical bull to learning how to get along in life.

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