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22 March 2020 16:37

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Plymouth vicar accidentally sets himself on fire during video sermon

A vicar has been left a bit hot under the (dog) collar - when he accidentally set fire to himself during an online sermon. Reverend Stephen Beach, of St Budeaux Parish Church, Plymouth was preparing the church's online Sunday Service, which featured five candles lit on a Christian cross in the background. Then, when he realises he is on fire, he calmly adds: 'I've just been pausing between these... His niece Laura Evans said: 'My uncle is the vicar of St Budeaux Parish. Reverend Stephen Beach, of St Budeaux Parish Church, Plymouth was preparing the church's online Sunday Service when he got too close to a candle The Reverend quickly notices that his jumper is burning, and after some initial shock quickly rushes to hit out the flame A few days ago, niece Laura Evans took to social media to express her concerns over tourists who are planning to ignore the government's travel advice amid the coronavirus crisis and come to Cornwall.

She's become well-known in Cornwall as the St Ives Mermaid and even started a campaign to be the first contestant on Strictly Come Dancing with a tail. A Plymouth vicar whose niece is a 'mermaid' in Cornwall got a bit hot under the (dog) collar - when he accidentally set fire to himself during an online sermon. Reverend Stephen Beach, of St Budeaux Parish Church, was preparing the church's online Sunday Service, which featured five candles lit on a Christian Cross in the background. After leaning in a bit too close one of the candles caught his jumper which then caught on fire. Sharing the video on Twitter, Laura Evans - St Ives Mermaid - said: "My uncle is the vicar of St Budeaux Parish.

The video was also shared on the church's Facebook page. It has been watched 3,400 times, retweeted 24 and liked 106 times. His niece reassured viewers that her uncle was ok and the only thing that was harmed was his jumper. "A hole in his favourite sermon jumper but unharmed otherwise" The video comes after the Church of England asked for all public worship to be suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. As a way to allow people to still worship St Budeaux Parish will be giving sermons virtually.

A few days ago, niece Laura Evans took to social media to express her concerns over tourists who are planning to ignore the government's travel advice amid the coronavirus crisis and come to Cornwall. She's become well-known in Cornwall as the St Ives Mermaid and even started a campaign to be the first contestant on Strictly Come Dancing with a tail. She made her name around four years ago, when she started washing up on West Cornwall beaches. She then made her hobby into a business and has been delighting young and old alike at beaches and venues all across Cornwall. Laura quickly gathered a lot of attention when she was spotted frolicking in St Ives harbour.

As time progressed her special appearances gained popularity, with hundreds heading to the beach to watch as she "washed up" and posed for photographs with excited children. She also made a splash in the business world, with people now able to pay for special appearances at children's parties, events or even hen dos. In times like these, you have to laugh at anything you possibly can. Take this vicar for example, who set himself alight as he prepared for his church's online service: This hilarious video shows Reverend Stephen Beach, of St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth, as he prepared for his online Sunday Service which featured five candles in shot, but positioned just behind him. As Rev. Beach was talking about the power of pausing to asking God 'what are you saying to us', he got a little too close to the flickering candles behind him - his jumper caught fire which led him to bat his shoulder in a bid to stop the blaze spreading.

Rev. Beach with no idea what's about to happen. In the video, Rev. Beach says: "Well, welcome back to our last part of our online worship experience from St Budeaux Parish Church. "The last section we call 'waiting' and it's a great thing to pause in the presence of God and ask the question, 'God, what are you saying to us?' And then, of course, to wait for the answer. "I've just been pausing between these... Oh dear I've just caught fire. Rev. Beach attempting to put the fire out. Credit: YouTube/Stephen Beach Rev. Beach's neice shared the video on Twitter, writing: "My uncle is the vicar of St Budeaux Parish. Last night he gave his online sermon and things got a bit hot under the (dog) collar". Replying to the clip, one person wrote: "This is hands down the most British reaction to BEING ON FIRE!" Another added: "This has made my day. Updating people on the well-being of her uncle, Laura Evans wrote: "A hole in his favourite sermon jumper but unharmed otherwise". One generous viewer then offered to buy Rev. Beach out with some new clobber, commenting: "Knowing the value of a good sermon jumper I would happily buy him another". According to Plymouth Live, the video was filmed after the Church of England asked for all public worship to be suspended until further notice as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Rev. Stephen Beach had a bit of a shock when delivering his online sermon. The vicar from St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth was recording the video for his parishioners so they could continue their shared worship during the coronavirus outbreak. But he suddenly caught fire when he sat a little too close to a candle. Luckily, he stayed calm, simply stating "Oh dear, I've just caught fire" before extinguishing the flames. As the coronavirus pandemic tightens its grip on society, many churches have made provisions to host worship services online in an effort to mitigate the risk of parishioners spreading or contracting the disease. But doing so does come with a few risks, one of which is the pastor setting himself (or herself) on fire. The Reverend Stephen Beach learned this the hard way as he leaned in a little too close to an open flame while recording an online sermon for St Budeaux Parish Church in Plymouth, England. "Oh dear, I just caught fire," the pastor exclaimed. Luckily, he was able to extinguish the flame before he was injured. Where did I find this video? I met with my pastor this morning to make preparations for our first online service, which we plan to live stream tomorrow (3/22). "As it turns out, it's already been done," he said as he whipped out his phone to show me the video.