Coco the Christian Parrot Raises Funds for Exmoor’s New Outdoor Church For Farming Community
A new book written from the point of view of ‘Coco the Christian Parrot’ is being sold to raise funds for a new outdoor church on Exmoor aimed at members of the local farming community.
The Random Thoughts of a Christian Parrot is full of every day reflections, humorous anecdotes and biblical references.
The money raised will fund the work of the Edgemoor Mission Community in North Devon.
Author Richard Holloway said, “All the proceeds are going to fund my local group of churches and specifically their new outdoor church on the edge of Exmoor, which will target the rural farming community and young people who might want an alternative to the traditional church building.
“We are trying to invest in a large tepee which will be out in a farmer’s field. The outdoor church is about gently bringing people to God but also involving an appreciation of nature. There will be music, sporting activities and arts and crafts.”
Richard’s pet parrot, Coco, is popular in the parish and has inspired Richard for years to write a blog from the perspective of the bird.
Richard is excited Coco has spread his wings by entering into the world of print. He said, “I think a lot of vicars will tell you that half the secret in bringing people to the Christian faith is helping them see everything through a new perspective.
“This book makes you look through the perspective of Coco the parrot and see everything from a brand-new angle.
“It’s actually helped me to reflect on some of the things I have taken for granted in the past.”
The book includes chapters on imperfect perfection, building bridges, receiving gifts, and love. Richard says it is designed to be dipped into and read at leisure.
The Bishop of Crediton, Jackie Searle said in her foreword for the book, “The mix of humour, challenge, biblical text and photography, along with the views of our perceptive parrot, make this book a unique reflection on our twenty-first century lives.”