A SUNDAY celebration which has been dubbed the ‘Atheist church’ is coming to Bournemouth.
The Sunday Assembly is to launch in the town on September 28 and is looking for a venue.
A meeting is being held this weekend to see who is interested in taking part.
The idea has taken off since the Sunday Assembly was launched in London in 2013 and there are now 26 across the world.
Organisers from Dorset approached the organisation’s HQ for setting up their own congregation.
The Sunday Assembly was founded in London in January 2013 by comedians Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans as “all the best bits of church but without the religion, and with awesome pop songs”.
Each service is based around a theme, with a guest speaker, poet and songs.
Sanderson Jones said: “We welcome everyone from across the world to join our wonderful movement. We didn’t expect to go global – but it sure is fun!”
The Sunday Assembly’s motto is “Live better, help often and wonder more.”
The organisers added: “The aim is for people to leave energised, vitalised, restored, repaired, refreshed and recharged. No matter what the subject of the assembly, it will solace worries, provoke kindness and inject a touch of transcendence into the everyday. Sunday Assembly Bournemouth will be a house of love and compassion, where, no matter what your situation, you are welcomed, accepted and loved.
The group, which recently held an initial meeting in Flirt cafe bar at the Triangle, already has a Facebook page called Sunday Assembly Bournemouth.