Beer and Hymns Baton Rouge
HYMNS YOU KNOW BY HEART
We host sing-a-long events in Baton Rouge that foster community
Sunday, October 16 at 7 PM
1857 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA
A ministry of St Margaret’s Episcopal Church
At our gatherings, people from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives come together to participate in a heart-moving event that energizes, celebrates and encourages generosity.
Our events provide a grassroots platform for local nonprofits to share the great work they are achieving to enhance our community’s quality of life. Our founding event will raise funds for the La Mesa Latino Ministry at St. Margaret's.
Beer & Hymns fosters a sense of community as diverse groups of people sing together, share stories, and support nonprofits who are truly making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.
The Beer & Hymns is a gathering of God’s beloved people. Glasses are full. Their contents are as varied as the crowd: Diverse beers, root beer, Cabernet, Diet Coke, water. The place is just humming.
At one end of the space, an older couple laughs with friends. At the other, millennials add to their Instagram stories. Young parents bounce babies in carriers. Bartenders chat with regulars. Suddenly, the strum of a guitar draws all attention to the front of the room, and we sing.
From “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” to “How Great Thou Art.” On to a barn-stomping medley of “I’ll Fly Away,” “I Saw the Light,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
This is Beer and Hymns. A motley mix of of locals filling up a space at times during the year, shaking hands and passing song sheets. Some know these hymns by heart; others have never sung them before. Some are regular churchgoers; others have sworn off organized religion. But in this place, something special happens. As voices and glasses are raised, divisions dissolve, and hearts are softened. Hands reach across divides, and powerful connections are made. This is a truly communal experience, bringing people together and reminding us that we’re not that different after all.
We end every Beer and Hymns gathering with the same song, called “All of the Hard Days are Gone” by Kevin McKrell. People throw arms around shoulders, lift their glasses high, sway, and sing with gusto:
All of the hard days are gone
It’s all beer and whiskey and songs from now on
We’ll laugh at the darkness and dance until dawn
All of the hard days are gone.
That’s what we’re doing at Beer & Hymns: laughing at the darkness—that claims our differences are too great; that keeps us sheltered and comfortable; that denies any place can be holy ground.
Join us. Let’s laugh at the darkness together.
For more information please contact Maria Curry, Music Director of St Margarets by clicking HERE
We thank our sister Beer and Hymns in Arkansas for much of our text for this page