Anglican Samizdat

April 24, 2009

The skating vicar

Filed under: Anglican — David Jenkins @ 8:30 am

Roger Preece is evidence that the Church of England still has holy rollers.Add an Image

Roger Preece, 44, has been dubbed The Rolling Reverend after skating up and down the aisle of his church in roller blades.

Parishioners at St Mary’s Church, Bowden, near Altrincham, Cheshire, had expected a conventional sermon on the Resurrection.

But midway through his service the Rev Preece slipped on his blades, stepped out of the pulpit and took to the boards.

The one-time investment banker hit upon the roller-blading idea as a way of illustrating the astonishment that would have greeted Christ’s Resurrection.

I doubt that Rev. Roger needed to go to these lengths to astonish his congregation: the mere fact that an Anglican vicar believes in the resurrection is astonishing enough.



  1. Well at least you didn’t call him a gay blade

    Old-fashioned a dashing young man, usually in the phrase gay blade

    from here

    Comment by Steve L. — April 24, 2009 @ 10:05 am

  2. It would have been even more astonishing if he’d lost his balance and fallen on his surplice.

    Comment by Scott Gilbreath — April 24, 2009 @ 11:02 am

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