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Between Dr. Seuss themed communion and giving communion to dogs , I didn’t think it was possible for any country to beat America at making a mockery of sacred religious services. But I was wrong. Congratulations, England. You’ve bested us Yanks with your latest venture in desacralization-posing-as seeker-sensitive-relevance.

I’m referring, of course, to the sixteen ministers who recently competed to host an “Extreme Easter” service at a UK theme park :

The dare-devil clergy were auditioning to conduct a special service at the theme parks on Easter Sunday and had to prove they were up to the challenge.

Because the special service will be hosted both on the ground and whilst hurtling around at extreme speeds, the vicars were asked to try reading from the bible as they ‘enjoyed’ the rides.

A spokesperson for Alton Towers said they were judged on their willingness to hold an alternative service, experience of varied working environments and . . . their ability to hold mass at 50mph. Quite a test of faith.

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Young people are searching for meaning in life and are disillusioned with what they see in the established churches and this alternative would definitely appeal to them.”

Katherine Duckworth, of Alton Towers, commented: “With church attendance in decline and thousands of families set to make the most of the Easter bank holiday, it seemed obvious to bring a celebration of the religious festival to the UK’s two biggest theme parks.

“By having a vicar conduct an Easter service in both locations, we hope to bring the true meaning of the Christian holiday to the services in what’s thought to be a world first dual mass.”

Apparently, some people in Britain think the true meaning of Easter has something to do with roller coasters and funnel cakes rather than a Risen Savior. Sadly, some of those are ministers of the Gospel.

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