Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"Tramp" Turns Out To Be Church Minister

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2008/07/09/prestatyn-tramp-turns-out-to-be-church-minister-55578-21309349/

Daily Post [North Wales]
9 July 2008

Prestatyn 'tramp' turns out to be church minister

By Gareth Hughes

A SHOCKED congregation spent a service ignoring a tramp who wandered in off the street - but then he whipped off his wig and revealed himself to be their minister.

Yesterday as members of Trinity Methodist Church in Prestatyn were still talking about his performance, the Rev Derek Rigby said he was delighted to have got his message of acceptance across in such a graphic way.

Churchgoers looked aghast as a scruffy down-and-out huddled in the church doorway as they arrived for morning service. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_east/7497411.stm
BBC News [UK]
9 July 2008
Flock shocked by 'tramp' minister

[Cf. Jan Brunvand, The Baby Train, 318-21. See also
http://www.snopes.com/college/exam/compassion.asp ]