From THE SUNDERLAND ECHO:
The Reverend Tracy Reynolds will officially become the team vicar for North Wearside on Sunday and she wants her licensing service to be fun for all the congregation. She will celebrate her new post with the Anglican Diocese of Durham, at St Cuthbert’s Church, Red House, with a “messy service”. The congregation can take part in art activities and explore what it means to be a Christian.
She said: “We want people to celebrate being a Christian and have some fun along the way.”
Oh dear. This doesn't bode well for the future. There is nothing worse than a minister who thinks everybody else likes (or should like) doing the stuff that he or she likes doing. I know licensing services can be stuffy affairs but the thing is most people can cope with being bored. Not everybody can cope with being forced into potato printing with toddlers.
There should be fun at a licensing. But it should be afterwards and it should be facilitated by the presence of lots of free wine not play-do.
The Rev Reynolds is former lecturer in performing arts at Newcastle College.