We received this from one of our supporting churches during the week and thought it was a great example of how some churches are trying to meet people where they're at rather than always expecting people to come to the church.
PRAYERS AMONGST THE PINTS
Bollington Pub Appoints a Chaplain and Holds Harvest Service in the Bar
While some churchmen rail from the pulpit against the evils of licensing laws, Reverend John Buckley, Priest In-Charge at St Christophers’ C of E Church Pott Shrigley, Cheshire, is happy to take up the challenge of reaching out to the community and take Christianity to pub goers. He has been appointed Chaplin of the Church House Inn Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
The pub, which hit the headlines last month when it was taken over by a consortium of local residents, will mark the Reverend Buckley’s appointment by holding a Harvest Service and Supper in the bar on Sunday 2nd October 2005 at 6:30pm.
A spokesman for the Church House Inn said: "We welcome John to the Church House and hope that his time in our pub is as rewarding for him as it will be for our staff and customers. Having a Pub Chaplain is not about preaching it is simply an extension of our community involvement.” We see the pub as being the hub of the community and we want to try to make a difference to local people. The church across the road closed down last year so we have asked John to be here for people and to hold the occasional service.
”The idea is to provide a friendly face people can talk to about their problems if they want to or have a general conversation."
Rev John Buckley said: "I’m delighted to have been asked and I am looking forward to some interesting conversations even if some customers may be surprised to see me here. I hope that many people will join us for our first service of blessing and thanksgiving on Sunday 2nd October”.
The Service will start at 6:30pm and is free to everyone. It will be followed by a hot pot supper at 7:00pm priced £5.00.
For more details contact: The Church House Inn. Church StreetBollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5PY Telephone: 01625 574014,
Visit the website: The Church House Inn
Revd John Buckley holding harvest wheat sheaf donated by Bellfields Bakers and Church House Inn barmaid Jo Stranks (18yrs) from Kerridge
Church House barstaff Nicky Bailey (20yrs) from Bollington, Jo Stranks (18yrs) from Kerridge, Licencee Ian King and Revd John Buckley holding harvest wheat sheaf donated by Bellfields Bakers outside the Church House Inn, Bollington