God would be “revelling” in the joy a “glorious” helter-skelter has brought to Norwich Cathedral, its bishop has told his congregation from its slide.
The fairground ride had been in the nave of the cathedral for 11 days.
It was intended to give people a different view of the building, although some accused the cathedral of “making a mistake”.
The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, delivered his sermon from halfway up the ride.
“God is a tourist attraction,” he told his congregation during the cathedral’s final service with the helter-skelter as a backdrop.
“God wants to be attractive to us… for us to enjoy ourselves, each other and the world around us and this glorious helter-skelter is about just that.”
The bishop had climbed to the top of the helter-skelter before edging halfway down the slide, where he stopped to deliver his sermon.
He then received a loud cheer as he whooshed to the bottom.
“Enjoying ourselves is a good thing to do and God will be revelling in it with us and all those people who have found fun and joy and laughter here,” he said.
Bishop Meyrick, a grown man of 67 who calls himself the “Rocking Bishop,” also sang the Bee Gees song “Words” as part of his sermon. Delivered from the slide of a fairground device. Inside a 12th century cathedral. That no doubt will be a 22nd century mosque.
Baby Boomers — what would we do with out them? For your spiritual edification, here’s the Rocking Bishop performing “Wild Thing” at a local concert in 2012. Whatever, man:
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