MEN IN A DIOCESE OF GUILDFORD church will be marking Fatherâ€™s day by shouting each other a pint. St Markâ€™s Church, Tattenham Corner is getting into the spirit using the tipple traditionally enjoyed by Dads, and inviting men to bring their favourite bottle of beer or cider to the 10am service on Fatherâ€™s day.
During the service the Rev Des Williamson will be asking the men what is their favourite beer and why. All the bottles will be placed on the altar and every man will be invited to take a bottle he didnâ€™t bring so that he can try a new variety.
â€œThe idea came about when one of the men in the congregation complained that women get flowers on Motherâ€™s day but we men donâ€™t get anythingâ€ said Rev Des Williamson, the minister at St Markâ€™s.
â€œAnd so the idea for the beer swop was born!â€
Raising the Bishopâ€™s Finger
Just in case some men turn up without a bottle, local supermarket ASDA has even stepped in and provided a few extras, supplying appropriately named brands like Bishopâ€™s finger, Abbot Ale, Goliath and Black Sheep Ale.
And while the men are thinking about what it means to be a dad the children will be able to make Fatherâ€™s day cards to present to their dadâ€™s at the end of the service.