Prayers and horses are found at this church service - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Prayers and horses are found at this church service

The North American Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Expo Center has attracted hundreds of horse enthusiasts from all over the country. And if they're in need of some spiritual uplifting, they might well find a place to get it, while they're still in the saddle.
The hymns are Bluegrass style, the floor is dirt, and dressing for church means cowboy hats and boots. On Sunday nights at the Red Barn Arena in Spencer County, the horses are in the ring and the word of the Lord is ringing out.
"Father, your work is awesome, [and we just pray that you will continue to work within us] and work through the Rodeo Cowboy Church to reach other cowboys and cowgirls with the Gospel."
Part-time preacher Jim Carpenter started the church this fall, taking a totally new tack. Brother Jim Carpenter says there's no organ, no altar, "No pews, no steeple. It's kind of unusual to have church in a barn when horses are around, but I love it. I'm an old country boy, I love to preach, I love to be in a barn, so hey, I've got it together right here."
Churchgoer Tammy Kennedy says, "There's a lot of people who may not attend a conventional church because they feel out of place, or this or that, and I think horse people are a lot like that. They can just come as they are, sit on bleachers, listen to music, or just sit on your horse."
There is one rule at this church, though: no horseback riding during the service.
The Red Barn Arena is on Mount Washington Road in Spencer County, and the rodeo cowboy service is at 7:30 every Sunday night.

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