Victorian church changes its name from St Michael’s to ‘St Mike’s’ in an effort to be more trendy and attract younger generations
- Open since Victorian times, the church is trying to attract younger generations
- The name change to ‘St Mikes’ will formally take effect from December
- As part of the renovation of the church, it will also open a coffee bar
A Victorian church called St Michael’s has changed its name to ‘St Mike’s’ in an effort to be more trendy and attract younger people.
Explaining the rationale behind the re-branding, Reverend Sarah Yetman said she wants the 148-year-old church to be “attractive and engaging to younger generations.”
She added: “We are bringing new life to the old building and planting a new branch in the Church.
“Our vision at St Mike’s is that the church can be a beacon of light and hope within the local community. We want to reach more young people and see them get to know Jesus in their own way.’
A Victorian church called St Michael’s (pictured, file picture) has changed its name to ‘St Mike’s’ in an effort to be more trendy and attract younger people
But in an interview with The Sun, one person questioned the decision.
“The idea that teenagers will be more interested in going to church if we call it ‘St Mike’s’ is ridiculous,” they said. ‘Now what – St Dave’s? St. Peter’s?’
The name change to St. Mike’s, which was found in Bournemouth and used Church of England funds for the refurbishment, will formally take effect in December.
The church is also opening a coffee shop as part of the renovation and hopes to offer a school drop-off cafe several mornings a week, where visitors can also learn about local community events and local services.
The Bishop of Southampton, Reverend Debbie Sellin, told the Bournemouth Echo: ‘It is amazing what has been achieved at St Mike’s recently, so it has been an honor to work with the team here and celebrate the reopening of this beautiful church.
“They have created a vibrant community center where people can discover their faith and find a sense of belonging.
Explaining the rationale behind the re-branding, Reverend Sarah Yetman (pictured) said she wants the 148-year-old church to be “attractive and engaging to younger generations.”
‘There is so much to experience for both adults and children, and I would like to encourage everyone to come and have a look at what is on offer.’
The Church of England has previously come under fire for adding attractions to churches as part of its effort to entice churchgoers from younger generations.
Two years ago it came under fire for installing a helter go-kart in Norwich Cathedral, and in 2019 it came under criticism for opening a nine-sacred miniature golf course in the nave of Rochester Cathedral.