'Twitter vicar' serves up Holy Spirits

PUBLISHED: 09:56 29 September 2013

Rev Andrew Alden Vicar of St Paul's Weston, serving up some cocktails.

Rev Andrew Alden Vicar of St Paul's Weston, serving up some cocktails.

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A PRIEST described by the world's media as Britain's 'Twitter vicar' has turned his Weston church into a 'comedy, coffee and cocktail' shack to enocourage people to find out more about Christianity.

Reverend Andrew Alden, age 47, served up a range of Holy Spirits from an improvised bar within St Paul’s Church during the launch of an event designed to entice people to embrace religion.

He launched Alpha with a night of fun which included TV magician Steve Legg, tapas food, coffee and a range of cocktails.

Alpha invites non-churchgoers - including agnostics and atheists - to 10 evenings of interactive sessions in which people can ask and discuss the big questions of life.

The married dad-of-four said: “We love a big party at St Paul’s and when we do so, we invite the whole town. Jesus loved to go to parties when He walked the earth, and I’m sure He would have loved this one.

“Christianity is modern and relevant for all people, and the Alpha Course allows everyone to explore Christianity and have their questions answered over 10 weeks in a relaxed setting.”

The St Paul’s cocktail shack is the latest in a series of innovative projects which have helped the church’s congregation double in size to around 400 in the past five years, with all ages attending.

A previous St Paul’s first saw Rev Alden become the subject of world media interest after the Mercury revealed how he had been taking to Twitter during his sermons.

Initiatives which are helping hundreds of people in Weston such as the Lighthouse Charity and Foodbank have originated from people in St Paul’s.

The Alpha evenings begin on Wednesday at the Walliscote Road church. For more on St Paul’s, see Andrew’s Tweets #stpwsm on Twitter.

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