A RURAL rector is reaching out to the community - by holding his Sunday service in a pub.
Father Lameck Mutete, of St Alban’s, Tattenhall and All Saints, Handley, is taking a family service at the Calveley Arms, Whitchurch Road on Sunday, July 6.
He said: “The whole idea is we are a church without walls because a true 21st century church is about people, not buildings.
“It is about bringing people together and engaging with the community - the church should play an active part in that and not be shut away behind oak doors.”
Father Mutete arrived in the UK from Zimbabwe in 2003 and spent a year in Bradford before taking up his posts in Tattenhall and Handley.
He came up with the idea of Churches Without Walls after writing a thesis on how churches can reach out to the community.
The first service, at the Letters Inn, Tattenhall, was on June 1 and saw the pub packed to the rafters - Father Mutete even helped out behind the bar.
“For me, the church is about engaging with specific cultures,” he said.
“By going out and doing services in the pub, people can see we are just normal human beings just like them, not preachers.
“It is about getting to know people, eating together, socialising and making friends with the people around you. In the end it is just about love for your neighbours, your friends, your community - and for God.”
The service is being held in a marquee in the garden at the Calveley Arms and starts at 11.30am, with a traditional two-course Sunday lunch served from 1pm.