Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE: PERSONAL JOURNEY

Ministry at biker bar seeks to heal women’s wounds

Rachel Bane starts Daughters of Destiny.



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Rachel Bane greets women arriving for a Daughters of Destiny prayer meeting at The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ on Jan. 22 in Huber Heights. CHARLES CAPERTON/CONTRIBUTED

By Cathy Mong

Rachel Bane puts her life out there as an example, citing four failed marriages, an abortion, committing adultery and other human behavior frowned upon by much of society. Traditional church was not filling her spiritual needs. It didn’t seem welcoming, and the issues she needed to work on — guilt and shame — weren’t directly addressed.

In October, Bane attended Sunday service at The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ, a congregation made up of cyclers, drug addicts, prostitutes and others many would deem hard-core sinners, and found her devotional home.

In the short time she’s been attending, the 34-year-old has had some pretty intense conversations with God, she says, in which she has been instructed to take her life experiences and touch others with similar stories.

On Jan. 15, Bane opened the door to a new ministry, Daughters of Destiny, for women who have endured emotional, physical and psychological abuse and scars, or those simply needing to work on changing their lives.

Women suffering in the wake of abortion are invited to attend the Post-Abortion Recovery Group (PARG), which uses a Christian-based curriculum and meets weekly for seven to nine sessions. Bane says participants will not meet with judgment or condemnation. Class size is limited and women agree to confidentiality.

“What I want to accomplish through this ministry is to bring healing and restoration to women; to love them as Jesus did,” Bane says.

She also has been instrumental in starting a teen group, THRASH.

The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ meets in the banquet area of Jackass Flats, a biker bar, at 6024 Rip Rap Road in Huber Heights. About a third of the 150-200 attendees arrive on their two-wheelers. Appearances aren’t important here.

One of the points Pastor Brian Smith makes in a video about the church is, “Don’t clean up before you hit the shower.”

The unwashed are welcome. “We’re fishing for the lost,” Bane says, “not fishing for Christians.”

Congregants gather at noon Sundays, an hour fitting for late-night, early morning partiers. “A lot of the members of our congregation do go out the night before,” she says.

Worshippers arrive in T-shirts and jeans and club colors. “It’s very laid back,” she says.

Everyone, believes Bane, has a wound to heal.

Bain has firsthand knowledge of abuse and addictions and the accompanying struggles with self-esteem

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A member of the church since it began, Jennifer Sorrell, 46, says she has “been there and done that” in life, sometimes more than once.

“I’m a nurse,” Sorrell says, “so healing is a huge part of my life. I have been through other groups, read other books, and I can say this is an awesome experience, a sisterhood. It is a chance to share each unique story.”

Daughters of Destiny also offers a weekly Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesdays that attracts women age 18 to 60.

The abortion recovery class meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

The range in age seems to work. “We are a sisterhood,” Bane says. “We lift one another up and encourage each other. The Bible tells us the elders are supposed to help mentor the young ones. It’s very healing. It takes a lot of courage.”

THRASH, the teen ministry, refers of course to punk and heavy metal music, but “it stands for Teens Helping Reach a Stolen Harvest,” Bane says, and refers to a proverb in Matthew about sowing tares, or weeds, among the wheat. She is assisted by Keith Parsons, and the two will lead discussions about drugs, teen suicide, bullying and sex. It meets separately during church services the second and fourth Sundays of each month.


CONTACT

For more information, contact Rachel Bane at rbane@heavymetalchurch.com. On Facebook, look for Heavy Metal Daughters of Destiny.

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