Many churches are focusing on love for the month of February, and one Winnipeg church took things a step further this past Sunday.
Oasis Community Church's worship team, led by CHVN artist Jordan St. Cyr, put together a special love song medley to open up their two services.
The church posted a video of the performance to social media on Sunday afternoon and it's already nearing 100 shares online.
"We're still here to bring a message that is Christ centred, but we've got to make it about the people we're reaching out to."
St. Cyr says that it was a fun experience performing, and watching the reaction of congregants. "We had a lot of crowd participation [especially in the second service]. They were singing, and clapping for their favourite songs."
And while the songs that make up the medley are pop songs and not worship songs, St. Cyr says it's a carefully thought out and intentional piece in making people feel welcome.
"I think that 'A', it breaks the ice. And 'B' it also reaches a demographic of people that really don't know the church language. We liken it to when you invite company over to your house. They knock on the door and you welcome them in, you don't just say 'Hey, do you know about Jesus?' You invite them in, you take their coats off, you ask them if they'd like to take a seat."
St. Cyr says the service is intentionally geared towards people that don't know Jesus. It's a starting point he says that puts people at ease and comfortable for the rest of the service which is always focussed on Jesus.
"We get to talking about the Jesus story and message. We're just not going to hit them over the head with it right when they walk in the door . . . we're still here to bring a message that is Christ centred, but we've got to make it about the people we're reaching out to."