Hallelujah: It’s the great Alabama ‘Squirrel Revival’

Furry friend goes nuts during Sunday services

Vestavia Hills 'Squirrel Revival' at Vestavia UMC

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (Gray News) – Sometimes the spirit moves in mysterious ways.

When someone let loose with a scream Sunday from the balcony at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church, the congregation wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.

They soon found out a furry friend had slipped into the church and was terrifying some of the parishioners.

“The scream you heard is because a squirrel came through our stained-glass window in the balcony … and is encouraging our members up there to get a little more … spirited than usual,” said Senior Pastor Bill Brunson with a chuckle from the pulpit.

“I like now that we’re trying to trap it with an offering plate.”

The church posted the whole episode on its Facebook page.

Vestavia squirrel revival! If you need a good laugh then click play! In case you missed it today, we had a furry friend join our balcony attendees during our 11:00 am traditional service. Luckily, some of the adventure was captured on our live stream as Bill got to explain to the rest of the congregation what exactly was going on. #squirrelintheofferingplate

Posted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 27, 2019

As the pastor explained the situation, someone else let loose with another scream.

“OK, it’s still going on,” Brunson said. “If you have any squirrel capturing skill, please … move to the balcony and assist in the hunt.”

Alright, we know the suspense has been too much! Everyone wanted to know what happened to the squirrel. So here is a clip of our ushers... well... ushering our furry friend out of the sanctuary on Sunday. 🐿 #squirrelintheofferingplate

Posted by Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Eventually, the little furball was spirited out the front door of the church and order was restored.

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