During the day and evenings, Taco JED in Rochester, Minnesota is known for serving up some of the best tacos in the area.  But lately, on Sunday mornings, the busy restaurant is full for another reason.

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Where did the church go that was meeting inside the Rochester Area Family YMCA building in Minnesota?

Just a few months ago, members of the Rochester Area Family YMCA received the unfortunate news that the building in downtown Rochester, Minnesota would be closing.  It was devasting news for many in the community who have spent many days at this building where many memories were made.  Sadly, when the doors closed for good on January 31st, 2022, the home of NewDay Covenant Church was also gone.

I used to work at the Rochester Area Family YMCA and was in the building many times when NewDay was having Awana or coming in to work on something for the upcoming weekend.  Great people who have an amazing heart for others.  The news of the Y closing was extremely sad for a bunch of reasons but my heart was hurting for the organizations that called the Y "home", like NewDay Covenant Church.

"Be Kind Eat Tacos" has new meaning for Taco JED in Rochester, Minnesota

When I heard that NewDay Covenant Church found a new home at Tace JED, I was thrilled for them.  Although Taco JED isn't a traditional "church", the new location for their Sunday meet-ups is just fantastic.  I mean, Taco JED has the words "Be Kind Eat Tacos" right on their wall.  And that's exactly what is happening, although I think on the first day NewDay showed up, they had breakfast burritos.

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This Sunday, we gather in a new place to draw close to God together! We are so excited to see you at Taco JED on Sunday at 9 am for a time of discussion and prayer. - NewDay Covenant Church Facebook Page

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What does a church inside a taco restaurant in Rochester look like?

You won't be sitting in a pew at Taco JED for services but you will be invited in and welcomed and honestly, that is what church is supposed to feel like.  It doesn't have to happen in a place with a cross or a photo of Jesus.  As NewDay is showing, it can be a place that smells a bit like tacos.

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If you want another glimpse, check out one of the services that they've had there in the video below.

A look at the past...what church was like for NewDay at the Rochester Area Family YMCA

12 years.  That's how long NewDay celebrated every week at the Rochester Area Family YMCA.

Want to check out the church at the taco restaurant in Rochester?

I know a lot of people don't want to walk through a church or they feel weird doing that for the first time.  I know you can walk through the doors of a restaurant though so if you are curious, here's the link for the Facebook page for NewDay Covenant Church.

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