A new ministry called Psalter Café is serving up original songs by local performers the first Thursday of every month.
Devoted church-goers, local music enthusiasts and even religious skeptics are invited to Covenant United Methodist to hear mini-testimonies and songs inspired by scripture.
“Psalter Café is a platform for local artists to share songs that encourage faith,” said Adam Thompson, founder of the alternative ministry. “It’s a place where people can come learn about faith through music and someone else’s story.”
A psalter is usually a book used for devotional teaching and public worship. Thompson said the name seemed appropriate for the ministry because each performer’s testimony and music acts as a short devotional.
The idea for the ministry materialized at Sidetrack Bar and Grill, where Thompson regularly participated in a songwriter circle. He realized that many of the songs were about faith. “I thought we should have a place where we can share those songs and testimonies and have them both equally important,” he said.
The free event usually has six to eight performers in a night, Thompson said. With the blueprint of a typical songwriter circle, the group prepares and performs only original songs.
Although the music might be faith-oriented, the ministry is not limited to Christians, Thompson said.
“It’s open to everyone, and you can interact on any level without having to be committed to faith,” he said. “There is no pressure from anyone to adopt our belief system as their own, but it does very much encourage them to think about it.”
The events usually start at 8 p.m. inside the church with free coffee and snacks. However, this week the event will start at 5 p.m. and take place outside, with barbecue plates available for $5. The lineup includes Thompson, Eryn Eubanks and the Family Fold, Adam Sams, Skilyr Hicks, Dale Lewis, Joseph Nordan, and Jason Hammonds.
Covenant is located at 4536 Washington Road, Evans, in the Eagle Point Plaza.