By Rochelle Hughes
A vicar has performed the world’s first SNOWBOARDING church service.
Snow sports enthusiast Reverend Steven Young returned to the piste at the Chill Factore indoor snow slope in Manchester today [WEDS] to perform a special blessing marking the end of the European ski season.
Clutching a Bible and wearing his dog collar, Rev Young showed off his skills as he descended the slopes.
He said: “It was great to perform the blessing as I snowboarded down the slope and to see so many people get involved in the ceremony afterwards.
“I’m passionate about promoting an inclusive, diverse and vibrant society – a setting where all are welcome – and Chill Factore offers a place to do just this.
“This ceremony is a great way for the community to connect, and as a snow sports enthusiast myself, I’m honoured to be able to bless the snow following a great European season.”
A full Rock Choir also performed at the ‘snow blessing’ ceremony, traditionally held in many ski resorts.
Rev Young has already visited Chill Factore this year after raising nearly £1,500 to complete a run down the slopes of each of the UK’s six indoor snow centres in a single day.
Morwenna Angove, CEO at Chill Factore said: “Snow blessings are traditional in some countries and resorts, so we thought we’d bring it here to Manchester’s home of snow.
“We hope the ceremony was loved by all involved, and even though the European season may have finished, we’re glad we can welcome guests all year round to enjoy the snow.”