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Goth reverend runs unique service
Goth service
About 20 Goths regularly attend the 45-minute service
A vicar is running a unique service in Cambridge designed for people interested in the darker side of life.

The Reverend Marcus Ramshaw, associate vicar at St Edward King and Martyr Church, said about 20 Goths regularly attend the 45-minute service.

The service includes a specially written liturgy and Goth music, such as Depeche Mode and Sisters of Mercy.

Mr Ramshaw, 34, who is a Goth, said he hoped to make the church meaningful to people from alternative communities.

Goth service
Contemporary Goth music is played at the service

"We have been piloting it for about a year and it is a service in which people are encouraged to be truly honest about their feelings," Mr Ramshaw said.

After the service, most of the congregation go to the Calling, a Goth evening at the nearby Kambar nightclub.

Mr Ramshaw said: "I am a Goth myself and realised that quite a lot of people I knew were spiritual rather than religious and were desperately looking for a spiritual home.

"I thought this could be one way of encouraging people into church that wasn't Bible bashing and would show people that Christianity can provide hope and support."

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