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Church to take Xmas message into next-door pub

A church has taken the unprecedented decision to hold its annual Christmas watchnight service in the pub next door.

People who usually gather at St Matthew’s Church in Perth to sing carols on Christmas Eve are being asked to go to the Capital Asset instead where they will be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a pint of beer.

It is unheard of for a Church of Scotland congregation to hold a Christmas service in such a location and minister the Rev Scott Burton admitted he was “apprehensive” about whether his church members would approve the proposals.

The kirk session decided the idea was a novel way of taking the Christmas message to the masses however.

Mr Burton said: “If ever there was a good time for the church to leave the security of ancient buildings to lead worship beyond our walls, it is during the festive season.”

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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