More churches are putting on “bizarre” Christmas spectaculars involving live camels and angels on stilts to woo worshipers over the holiday season, insurers reveal.
Some churches in England have turned to live animals in an attempt to attract church-goers while others are considering conducting their nativity service in a barn in the hope of putting on an exciting show.
Insurers Ecclesiastical, which insures most of the UK’s Anglican Churches, said it has been flooded with unusual queries in the run up to the Christmas period.
Helen Richards, a manager at Ecclesiastical, said: “We’ve had some bizarre conversations and some really interesting requests from our church customers.
“One customer called to ask if they would be covered if they held their nativity service in a barn and another wanted to know if angels on stilts would be covered under their policy.
“My personal favourite is definitely whether we had any advice on bringing real camels in to the church!”
Ms Richards added: “We are very much an enabler when it comes to things like this.”
Church service attendance has been falling across the country. Earlier this month a vicar was forced to apologise after sending out a letter bemoaning his “grumbling” church members, adding that his Sunday morning worship “is neither warm, nor welcoming.”
Yet traditional services such as midnight mass and the nativity remain popular and the introduction of real camels in churches may be part of an effort to sure up the popularity of the Christmas season.
A spokesman from the Church of England said: “We’re delighted to see such creativity during this magical season.
“It’s wonderful that the same God who gave his only Son to the world also gave finance professionals the intelligence and insurers the wit to underwrite these risks properly. They provide a valuable service that will add enormously to the enjoyment of the millions of people who will celebrate at Church this Christmas”.
Insurers Ecclesiastical said that it insured the unusual requests after all the proper risk assessments.
By: Callum Adams/Telegraph