A CHURCH in Surrey is to repeat its bottle-of-beer swap on
Father's Day this year. Men attending St Mark's, Tattenham Corner,
in Epsom, Surrey, are being asked to bring their favourite beer for
a special service.
After being quizzed by the Vicar, the Revd Des Williamson, about
their favourite drink, they will swap their bottle with someone
else's to take home.
The idea came after one member of the congregation complained
that women were given posies of flowers on Mothering Sunday, but
men went home empty-handed on Father's Day.
Mr Williamson said: "We tried it last year [Real Life, 21 June
2013], and it went down really well; so we're running it again this
year. We have had some bottles of beer donated by the local Co-op,
too, in case anyone turns up without any."
St Mark's is a joint Anglican and Methodist church, and,
although some Methodists were teetotal, those attending St Mark's
are not, he said.
"We did think seriously about having beer in a service that is
aimed at families and children, but we are not encouraging dads to
get drunk - just to share something they enjoy.
"In fact, after our trial last year, some of the women
complained they wanted more than flowers; so this Mothering Sunday
we also gave out Prosecco and chocolate. I'm not sure where this is
going to end."