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Keystone United Methodist pastor combines fish, chips and faith

Keystone United Methodist Church pastor Chris Kirk knows good fish 'n chips.

Being raised in England, he's also patronized a pub or two.

Naturally Kirk chose a pub as the location for Keystone's newest outreach ministry, a 10-week course exploring Christian basics.

Kirk will lead the Alpha Course, a series of interactive sessions, beginning at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Wild Rover Brewery, 13921 Lynmar Blvd., Tampa.

"Alpha allows people to come to their own decisions about Christianity," Kirk said. "It doesn't preach. It presents."

The course, dating back 30 years, is traditionally taught in casual non-church settings, Kirk said. The Wilde Rover will set aside a few tables for the event. Participants will talk God surrounded by dart boards and British football uniforms.

Wild Rover owners Derek and Linda Wells were receptive to hosting the event, Kirk said.

"It really lends itself to it," Kirk said. "It relates to what is going in life today. It presents the faith in a timeless way that people can grasp. Through the years, I've watched the course evolve. We've went from watching it on clunky VHS tapes to now it's all digital."

Alpha participants will receive a sampling of Wild Rover's fish 'n chips, which Kirk calls the "best this side of the Atlantic." Desserts and sodas will also be served.

"If you want to go whole hog and order a beer, that's up to you," Kirk said.

Keystone United Methodist Church is located at 16301 Race Track Road. Founded in 1885, it remains one of Tampa's oldest churches. Kirk came to the church in 2013, after serving multiple congregations in the United States and England.

The church will also host a Women's Gathering from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16. The event, themed Pearls of Great Worth, is free and open to all women. It will include speakers, worship and food.

For more information, visit keystoneunitedmethodistchurch.com or call (813) 920-5153.

Contact Sarah Whitman at [email protected]

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