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Cool Chic and In Christ is a regular event aimed at offering people the opportunity to explore and develop their notion of God in a non-traditional Christian setting. The idea came about due to unprecedented demand for a space where people could connect with God without feeling the pressure of being part of a particular denomination. At these events there is an opportunity to pray, discuss issues surrounding faith and ethics and most importantly (especially for those who aren't Christian), dispel the myth that Christian events are blighted by dodgy fare (the stale biscuits and watery orange squash of yesteryear replaced by smart cocktails and scrumptious canapés in some of London's top bars), dodgy punters (many of us are more hot on aesthetically pleasing clothes rather than ascetic monastic traditions) and dodgy dogma (we are committed to welcoming people of all religious backgrounds and we don't bore ourselves with internecine arguments about biblical interpretations or whose church is best). The main objective is thus: offer a place for people to connect with one another and God, and He will do the rest.
Guests arrive, mingle amongst themselves and then a short talk is delivered setting the scene and the theme forĘ the evening's discussions. A separate room will already be set up in the venue for intercessionary prayer. Put simply: you can go in there throughout the night and there will be someone already in there ready to pray for you, in confidence about absolutely anything. The main area remains a social space like any other and there will be a few chic and in Christ goodies for sale. How little or long you stay is up to you and the aim of the game is for people to feel they have had a fabulous, fun and faith centred evening.
Anyone, really. This is not an event for an "in crowd" where only the most pulchritudinous or holy need apply. The events, whilst mainly attracting either committed Christians or those who are having a lapsed moment, also welcome the non-Christian majority. Most attendees are young professionals, who may feel too old for the festival/ clubbing scene, have an appreciation for the finer things in life, but still wish to explore ways to engage with God more closely.
Mazzi Binaisa founded Cool, Chic and In Christ as she felt there was nowhere to take her in-between, undecided, just-not-liking-church-buildings-that-much friends who were still curious about God and wanted a space where they could find out more about him, talk to those who knew him and experience him directly for themselves. The London lounge bar scene seemed a perfect place to explore these issues, as it was an environment most were familiar with, often had enough cosy alcoves for people to explore the deeper issues one-on-one, and a contemporary space for meeting with and connecting with others - what first century Christians used to describe as fellowship. When she is not being an elegant evangelist, Mazzi Binaisa is a writer. Her first, Heaven In Your Handbag, was published last year.