400 Rabbits

I’m amused…

Two unlikely establishments have applied to be registered as religious meeting places under the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855 – so that they can open under Tier 3 lockdown rules:

‘The 400 Rabbits’ Cocktail Bar in Nottingham wants to become ‘The Church of The Four Hundred Rabbits’. Attenders will become either a ‘bunny believer’ or a ‘reverend of the righteous rabbits’…

‘The New Baron of Hinckley’ in Hinckley, Leicestershire, wants to become ‘The Church of New Baron’. Patrons, known as New Baronials, will be served Holy Ale and Niri Chicken in their services.  

Musing further…

There are around 40,000 pubs and 40,000 churches in this country; with 11,000 pubs closing in the last decade, we now have more churches than pubs….

At a time when many public buildings are closing and individuals are feeling isolated we need both for people meet together.

Both have regular activities related to their main purpose; both celebrate and build community with a wide range of community groups and links – playgroups, lunch clubs, darts teams, pool competitions….

Apparently each receives about ten percent of some people’s income…

Musing on Hebrews 13(1-3)…. Similarities between the best pubs and churches:

‘Keep on loving each other as brothers’ – Individuals willingly and intentionally meet together regularly, discussing life, love, and liberty, building deep caring relationships…

Don’t forget to entertain strangers, for by doing so some people have entertained angels without knowing it’ – They are inclusive, welcoming the newcomer, the stranger, the ‘different’. In breaking down barriers new lessons are learnt, new discoveries made.

‘Remember those in prison  as if you were their fellow prisoners…’ There is charity, compassion and concern for less fortunate, needy folk who don’t meet with them.

’…and those who are ill-treated as if you yourselves were suffering.’ Both celebrate life and mourn losses. Both enjoy pleasure and empathise with those in pain.

Perhaps both are places of worship.

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