Jet Smee and ten other people are in a room. Two people are playing the guitar. One person s seated behind a drum set.

Nine church members pray before they start the band practice at the Central Baptist Church basement in Hartford in June 2023. Sha K Paw, right, and his son, Jet Smee, 15, second from right, spend much time with church members on weekends, joining the practice every Saturday and going to church every Sunday. Yehyun Kim / CT Mirror