Portsmouth parishioners embrace the onesie

Members of City Life Church wearing their onesies
Members of City Life Church wearing their onesies

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HUNDREDS of parishioners embraced the craze of the onesie to raise thousands for charity.

City Life Church, in Tangier Road, Baffins, encouraged its congregation to dress their best or attend casual in a onesie jump suit.

The unusual church service focused on the theme of being fun, with an amusing talk on relationships.

The Rev Dan Harman, pastor at City Life, believes the church has a responsibility to make a difference in the world.

He said: ‘One of the ways we can do that is by simply doing our bit to raise money for worthwhile causes such as our chosen charities.’

Half of the cash raised will go to Solent MS Therapy Centre, of Hewett Road, North End, with the remainder going to Centrepoint, a national charity that supports young homeless people.

Mr Harman added: ‘We believe that the church should be fun and enjoyable.

‘So what better way to combine the two and launch well-dressed or onesie Sunday?’

The meeting was interrupted with a nerf gun attack on the preacher which was enjoyed by many at the event and watching live online.

Mark Rennie, 45, of Waverley Road, Southsea said it is important to express that the church is fun.

He said: ‘It was different. It broke down barriers and showed that Christians can have fun while coming to worship.’