Tackling a Sheffield pub quiz with a difference...

Pictured is the landlord of The Commercial Pub,Station Road,Chapeltown Paul Menzies(right) along with The Rev Rick Stordy of St John's Church,Chapeltown who have combined together with the pub hosting three nights of debate
Pictured is the landlord of The Commercial Pub,Station Road,Chapeltown Paul Menzies(right) along with The Rev Rick Stordy of St John's Church,Chapeltown who have combined together with the pub hosting three nights of debate
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It’s not that often the local vicar tells his flock to get down the pub.

But that’s exactly what’s happening in Chapeltown after the Rev Rick Stordy invited his congregation to join regulars at the local boozer.

The Rev Stordy, vicar of St John’s Church, is hosting a series of evenings called Pints of View at the Commercial pub on Station Road.

The vicar and landlord Paul Menzies came up with the idea to get people talking about big issues - including life, faith, God and, of course, beer.

The Rev Stordy said: “In our busy lives, we often don’t get the chance to mull over the really big questions, like why are we here?

“Are the atheists right - or is there a God?

“What happens when we die? Lots of folks ask those things, not just church-goers.

“We’re offering locals a relaxed way to explore those questions, share their views, and enjoy a decent pint.

“Everybody’s welcome, not just those who’d call themselves religious”.

Landlord Paul said he is very much looking forward to the venture.

He said: “The Commercial is very much a local pub - all sorts drink here, people of all different outlooks.

“We’re excited at this opportunity to provide food for the soul, as well as good meals and drink for the body.”

The events are to take place on three consecutive Monday evenings starting April 16 at 7.30pm.

Each event will be chaired by a Radio Sheffield presenter, with Sarah Major, Dean Pepall and Toby Foster lined up.

They will be joined by a panel, including Bishop of Sheffield Steven Croft, Sheffield Wednesday chaplain Pete Allen and local church-goers.

The panel are offering to tackle any questions people bring - either current events or life’s big spiritual issues.

And the evening will round off with the Commercial’s popular hot roast pork sandwiches.