Thursday 24 May 2018

Reverend sings praises of 'U2charist'

Rev Nick Cook (center) will conduct a 'U2charist' at his church in Leicestershire tomorrow.
Rev Nick Cook (center) will conduct a 'U2charist' at his church in Leicestershire tomorrow.

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

IT seems the Church of England may have found what it's looking for. And it could soon be coming here.

An English minister has recommended that Irish churches encourage more young people to their services by worshipping to the sound of U2 hits rather than hymns.

Rev Nick Cook (right) will conduct a 'U2charist' at his church in Leicestershire tomorrow, taking on the role of Bono, and backed by three musician friends.

"I'm not going to go out and buy big shades. It's not 'Stars In Their Eyes' with me pretending to be Bono. Instead we want worshippers to come to our service and leave determined to do something about world poverty," Rev Cook told the Irish Independent.

The 45-year-old got the idea for the 'U2charist' from similar gatherings which have taken place in the US.

First created by preacher Sarah Dylan Breuer for a service in Baltimore in April 2004, the communion service, or Eucharist, includes songs such as 'Angel Of Harlem' and 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' instead of hymns. It has since spread around the world.

Irish Independent

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