U2 rocks the church
Lincoln will play host to England's first U2Charist, an adapted Holy
Communion service which uses the songs of U2 in place of traditional
hymns, thanks to BBC Local Radio.
The idea behind the Lincoln U2Charist came about when a producer at BBC
Radio Lincolnshire, Sue Edwards, heard about the phenomenon and travelled
to York Harbor, Maine in the United States to witness the worship.
She said: "I wanted to make it relevant to our audience, so I came up
with the idea of hosting a U2Charist here in Lincoln.
"There is a depth to
U2's lyrics. They've been around for three decades, so I think that's
testament to how their lyrics connect with people all over the world."
The U2Charist will take place at St Swithin's Church in Lincoln on
Saturday 26 May 2007.
A live band will perform U2 classics including I Still
Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, Mysterious Ways and Peace On Earth.
The lyrics will appear on a large screen and worshippers will be
encouraged to sing along.
Sue said: "It's not just about belting out Bono classics but a sharp
reminder to help fellow human beings who find themselves struggling to
survive on a daily basis."
The service will focus on the Millennium Development Goals to reduce
U2 frontman Bono is a global ambassador for the Millennium Development
Goals which aim to eradicate dehumanising conditions by 2015.
collection from the service will go to charities that are working to
The U2Charist at St Swithin's will be at 4.30pm on
26 May. Admission is free but capacity is limited.
seats people should call Radio Lincolnshire on 01522 821000.
The service will be broadcast on www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/faith.
Notes to Editors
The Celebrant will be the Bishop of Grantham, the Rt Rev Timothy Ellis.
U2's songs will be performed live by the Lincoln New Life / Grapevine
band which will be led by Howard Williams.
The sermon will be based around the Millennium Development Goals,
delivered by Rev Paige Blair.