Tesco opens supermarket in a church

Church aisles have replaced with checkout aisles where customers can buy groceries – all under the watchful eyes of Biblical characters depicted in the building’s ornate stained glass windows.
And the pealing of church bells and the sombre sound of the organ on a Sunday morning will be replaced by the ringing of tills and customer announcements over the PA system at the former Westbourne Methodist Church in Bournemouth, Dorset.
The Rev Dr Bob McKinley, ex-minister at the church, which lay empty for three years, said it was ‘sad’.
He said: ‘You could say it is not appropriate to have a Tesco Express in it but once it is sold it is no longer under our control.’
John 2:16 in the Bible describes Jesus driving money changers and dove sellers out of the Temple of Herod with the words: ‘Get these out of here! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’

James Rippon, 36, an accountant who lives nearby, said: ‘I suppose it represents people’s priorities nowadays – the convenience of being able to buy their bread a few miles closer is more important than prayer and religion.’


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    Ammara said,

    aw…… oh thats sad

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