My parish serves alcohol at social events, such as festivals or parties. I’ve never been comfortable with that, but their policy it is written that as long as the event is not in honor of the youth then alcohol is allowed.
A couple of weeks ago I was teaching a class in the Religious Education Building. Across the hall was another ministry having a meeting and alcohol was being served at their meeting. They were loud and kept interrupting our class. They were drinking in the hall and they had children present
What kind of example does this set?
In my class I have a lot of young people and the example that was set is that alcohol consumption is OK, that grown men & women cannot have a fun time & fellowship without alcohol.
I am trying to steer these youths always from alcohol & drugs but where do I send them to if the church is not a safe place anymore?
Furthermore, we may have members that are recovering alcoholics or family members that may have been damaged by alcohol abuse. They need a place to come & heal & come closer to God – not another opportunity for drinking or to encounter other people drinking
What kind of liability will the parish have if there was an accident after a ministry meeting due to alcohol?
It is my understanding that this is not an isolated event. That there are ministries that regularly serve alcohol after their meetings.
What do you all think, should alcohol consumption be allowed at a parish?
Does your parish allow alcohol at ministry meetings or social events?