Father Edward Martin is leaving church-goers stunned with his dangerous stunts at his Sunday services.
Father Edward Martin says he hopes to boost the numbers of worshippers by the fire eating at his Sunday services in St Andrew’s Church, in Witham on the Hill, near Bourne, Lincs.
He lights the end of a fire stick from a candle and puts out the flames by placing each of the lit ends into his mouth.
Watch the father performing the dangerous fire-eating stunt
Father Edward attended a circus skills workshop 15 years ago where he started fire-eating.
After moving to his new parish, he decided to boost the numbers of worshippers and started fire eating at his Sunday services.
He said to get the attention of non-church goers, he decided to perform this dangerous stunt, hoping they would start attending his Sunday services at St Andrew’s Church.
He said: “I’ve had a very warm welcome and everyone has been very encouraging. It’s busy but they’ve given me time to find my feet. I had to come up with something to get their attention and put across the themes of the service.”
He also said that fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and he is doing it to get a message across rather than just for the entertainment of the worshippers.
He said: “Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and incorporating the fire-eating worked. We’ll see whether I use it here. It’s got to be used for getting a message across rather than just for entertainment value.”
The video of Father Edward performing the dangerous stunts at his Sunday services in St Andrew’s Church, in Witham has now gone viral on the Internet.
Worshippers of the church are encouraging Father Edward to do the stunt as one regular worshipper said: “Anything that get’s more people through the door is a good thing, especially young people who the church desperately need to attract.”
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