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TARDIS lands in Framlingham as Doctor Who-themed church service takes place in St Michael's Church, featuring choir performance of Ed Sheeran's Celestial





The TARDIS landed in a Suffolk town at the weekend as a Doctor Who-themed church service marked Advent.

Churchgoers were urged to don costumes as the famous police box landed in St Michael's in Framlingham yesterday.

The service told the Christian story of the festive season by drawing comparisons to the beloved BBC show, while also bringing it into prayers.

Rev Chris Davey with children from Sing Praise, a children's choir that once featured Ed Sheeran. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Rev Chris Davey with children from Sing Praise, a children's choir that once featured Ed Sheeran. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

The Reverend Chris Davey, the rector at St Michael's who often brings science fiction into his sermons, said: “When you think about it, there are some good parallels between Doctor Who and Advent. It works really well.

“There was a scene at the end of the last episode with Jodie Whittaker – The Power of the Doctor – where she says the doctor acts out of love for the earth.

“That is just like how Jesus powerfully revealed that love is God’s deepest motivation, as God stepped out of eternity and into time through Jesus, spreading his message around the world.

The children's choir performed Ed Sheeran's latest single, Celestial. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The children's choir performed Ed Sheeran's latest single, Celestial. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

“The show is the perfect parable to tell the Christian story to a new generation.”

Advent is typically held four Sundays before Christmas and prepares for celebrations of the birth of Jesus.

Other staples of the celebrations, including lighting Advent candles and communion, formed part of the Sunday service.

In addition to the interstellar revelries, Sing Praise, a children's choir, sang a song commemorating its most famous member.

The TARDIS landed in Framlingham on Sunday. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
The TARDIS landed in Framlingham on Sunday. Picture: Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich

They delivered a rendition of Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran's latest single, Celestial.

Sheeran, who grew up in the town, had been a part of the church choir when he was younger.

Rev Chris noted it was a 'perfect coincidence' and that the song was a great fit for the service.

He added: “The children absolutely loved it. They immediately knew the words when I told them we would be performing it.

“My background is as a paediatric nurse – I have always loved the spontaneity of young people and the way they dive head-first into things.

“I’m so glad everyone has enjoyed it.”