The ‘Church’ these days do its level best trying to hold back its diminishing attendees. Right from organizing weekly concerts to entertainment, it has left no stones unturned in its quest to boost ‘Church attendance’.
One more such effort of the Church seems to be that of a ‘Clergy Fashion’ event.
A group of vicars strut their stuff at an event showcasing the latest in clergy fashion.
Five vicars showed off the new designs in ecclesiastical wear, which have been developed to shake off the centuries old dusty image of the church.
The Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE) in Bristol was attended by 2,000 members of the clergy, who crowded round the catwalk for the 30 minute show.
A total of 20 items ranging from just £30 to more than £1,000 were modelled, with designs from respected Hayes and Finch and Juliet Hemingray, who created robes for former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey’s enthronement, on show.
Beth Allison, minister-in-training at Market Bosworth Free Church in Leicestershire was the first to take to the catwalk, wearing a Lord’s Prayer bead necklace by Silverfish Jewellery.
She was followed by retired United Reform Reverend Tom MacMeekin wearing a Juliet Hemingray “bling” chasuble.