If you’re not a church goer, or perhaps if you’ve had the Sunday routine forced upon you by your parents, you might have developed a certain view of Christians.
“People think we’re weird and call us bible bashers,” says Skye MacKinnon, one half of the dynamic duo who are bringing a church event with a twist to Glasgow this November. “I never got invited to parties at high school because I didn’t drink,” agrees her sister, Elyse. “It was never spoken about, but it was like, ‘Elyse doesn’t drink so she won’t have fun.’”
However, as the girls are keen to point out, there was a time when they too stood on the opposite side of the church fence. “We grew up in the Church of Scotland, so we’ve always known church, but it wasn’t until our early teens that we realised there was more to it than going to Sunday school,” says Elyse.
Skye explains, “We moved to a new church, Glasgow Elim, which is a Pentecostal church with a live worship band every week. At first Elyse was more into it than me; I used to wake up on a Sunday and not really want to go, but it’s such a friendly place and has loads of other events outwith standard services, so it grew on me quickly!”
Those “other events” certainly had an impact on the girls, who are bringing a major artist from the UK Christian music scene to perform at Glasgow Elim on November 24th.
“We were actually asked to organise an artist to come to our Friday night youth group earlier in the year, but there wasn’t really time to do it properly,” says Skye. “So we devised the plan for this event, Invasion, and approached Guvna B, the top Christian artist in the UK right now. He was more than happy to come up to Glasgow Elim to perform.”
“We then looked into signing up other artists,” adds Elyse. “Local artist MPFree and worship team Music Revolution are also going to perform, so the night will have more of a concert vibe. We want the event to show that there’s more to Christian music than hymns; these artists promote the gospel primarily through rap. Hopefully we’ll bring down a few walls.”
And what would the girls say to anyone who has considered attending church, but just doesn’t know where to start?
“I think it’s good to experience different types of churches,” says Elyse. “Everyone is suited to different types of worship, so it’s worth trying a few different ones before deciding if it’s for you or not.”
Skye agrees. “There was a time when I found church boring, and if I had succumbed to peer pressure I probably wouldn’t go anymore. However, now I love Glasgow Elim, and I’m so excited to see our hard work pay off at Invasion. Sometimes you just have to persevere.”