The Day the Squirrel Went Berserk in the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

"If you have any squirrel-capturing skills, if that's your spiritual gift, move to the balcony and assist in the hunt."

Like the country song come to life, a squirrel broke into an Alabama church last week, creating chaos and confusion as parishioners tried to catch it with an offering plate. 

Similar to the 1984 song “The Mississippi Squirrel Revival” by Ray Stevens, the squirrel scurried amongst those sitting in the balcony of the Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church (VHUMC), getting the congregation a little more riled up than usual. You can hear squeals in the background as senior pastor Bill Brunson addressed the crowd. VHUMC posted the footage from their live-stream camera on Facebook

“Let me share with you many years ago Ray Stevens sang a song entitled 'Mississippi Squirrel Revival,' when a squirrel went berserk in the First Self Righteous church in the sleepy little town of Pascagoula,” Brunson said from the pulpit as people in the congregation and online watched. “Just so you know, the scream you heard is because a squirrel came through our stained glass window … and has entered the balcony and is encouraging our members to get a little more spiritual than usual.

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

The pastor then made a plea for help. 

“If you have any squirrel-capturing skills, if that’s your spiritual gift, move to the balcony and assist in the hunt,” he said before continuing with services.

Additional video footage on the Facebook page shows the squirrel eventually scurrying out the church doors. 

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