The Rochester Cathedral, belonging to the Church of England, has turned their historic and beautiful facility into a mini-golf course designed to attract visitors.
The Rochester Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the second oldest bishopric in the Church of England, behind the church’s seat in Canterbury. The church was supposedly founded by Justus, who accompanied Augustine of Canterbury as a missionary to the area in the 7th Century. Its architectural feats are truly stunning.
However, the church has come to hard times in England, and so Rochester Cathedral has added nine-hole miniature golf (sometimes it’s called putt-putt or crazy golf) course.
The Rochester Bridge Trust paid for the facility overhaul, and the course contains miniature models of notable British bridges.
Andrew Freeman, who works for the Bridge Trust, told the press, “The idea behind the course is to try and encourage young people and families to come into such a beautiful place to learn about the structures of different bridges.”
The church’s ”pastor – a woman, Rachel Phillips – said, “We hope that, while playing adventure golf, visitors will reflect on the bridges that need to be built in their own lives and in our world today.”
Riiiight. I bet it will be a real spiritual experience for them.
One child said, “I think it’s quite a good place to non-religious people come in to experience what it’s all about.”
Another minister at Rochester Cathedral, Matthew Rushton, said, “Cathedrals are very confident at the moment to innovate and have events like this and to tell people about our faith in Jesus which is what we’re all about.”
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