A pastor from Norfolk has got himself into trouble by putting evangelistic messages in plastic bottles which then drifted back onto the beach causing an environmental hazard and angering dog walkers. The slightly out-of-date story is on Ekklesia, though it originally appeared in the Metro and the Yorkshire Evening Post. From the latter:
In Norfolk, Pastor Leslie Potter hit on an ingenious short-cut to spread the word of God. Unlike missionaries of old who travelled the globe to get their message across, Pastor Potter put his religious ramblings in a bottle. Not just one but more than 50 plastic drinks bottles and he launched them in to the sea from Gorleston’s blue flag beach.
But the forces of nature were pitted against his mass religious message armada. No sooner had it launched than the bottles were blown back on to land by strong easterlies.
Now the Pastor has escaped, apparently, the wrath of the council’s environmental rangers but he faced what some would consider a worse fate – the displeasure of two women dog walkers.
I quite enjoyed Pastor Potter’s line: “I’m sorry – they were supposed to end up in Holland, France and Germany.” One wonders what language the notes were in and why he ignored Belgium.
My advice to all would-be nautical evangelists is to keep things environmental and ethical. Carve your message on a fairly-traded block of ice – that sort of thing.