By Ben Housam
A revitalised Sheffield pub is playing host to a monthly church service as part of plans to turn it into a ‘community hub’ for the local area.
The Waggon and Horses pub in Heeley combined with nearby Church of the Nazarene to hold the services once a month for Heeley residents.
The third trial service took place last Sunday, where it was decided that the partnership would continue into the future.
Bruce Lloyd, who has led all the services so far, came up with the idea after retiring from his role as minister of the Church of the Nazarene earlier this year.
He approached the Waggon and Horses pub with the proposal after hearing it was under new ownership.
He said “Often when people go to church they’re not sure what to wear or where to sit, whereas in a pub it’s very informal and relaxed. It’s a shorter service with refreshments and a chat. People who come really seem to like it.”
The service lasts around 45 minutes and is followed by tea, coffee and cake served at the bar.
Jean Laylor has recently taken over as landlady of the Waggon and Horses and sees this as just one of the ways in which the pub can help bring the community together.
“It’s a community where there’s quite a lot of problems within families. It’s (the church services) doing very well. When Bruce came up with the idea I just wanted it to be different. The church is for everybody – non-believers or believers, it doesn’t matter really.”
The pub recently held a family fun day and is due to begin hosting salsa sessions, French lessons and various craft events for the local area.
The next church service is on Sunday 12th June.