Essen Catholic diocese buys inflatable church
DDP/The Local · 3 Nov 2008, 10:49
Published: 03 Nov 2008 10:49 GMT+01:00
"Our church is being made and should be erected this advent at Christmas markets, for example," head of the diocese's youth group, Peter Huyeng, told the paper.
"We want to take the church where there aren’t any churches," said Huyeng, explaining that pedestrian zones and school yards would be possible locations for the blow-up house of worship. "We have to come to the people and not wait for them to come to us."
Protestant churches in Württemberg and Thüringen made headlines in 2003 when they purchased models of the inflatable cathedral, manufactured by UK-based Innovations Xtreme Inflatables. But this is the country's first Catholic blow-up church.
The €30,000 structure has seating for 60 and will be offered as a place of reflection and promote the church in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the paper reported.
So far the church does not plan to hold communion services, but will hold liturgy and other spiritual offerings.