Church issues ‘page 3’ image apology

St Mark's Church, Harrogate.  (130228M3)
St Mark's Church, Harrogate. (130228M3)

St Mark’s Church in Harrogate has issued an apology after an ‘inappropriate’ image was shown during a Power Point presentation to 50 adult members at the weekend.

The presentation was being delivered in a meeting room by overall group leader, the Rev Dan Watts, as part of a separate teaching section at around 5pm on Sunday night.

Mr Watts is associate minister for young people at St Mark’s.

The church said no children were present, and few people had noticed the error.

A statement read: “A separate teaching section was being held for about 50 adult members of the 5 o’clock service at St Mark’s church last Sunday in a meeting room and a Power Point presentation was shown.

“It appears that a technical glitch accidentally caused an inappropriate image from the internet to appear momentarily on the screen, of a ‘Page 3’ type.

“This was clearly not intended but was so fleeting it was not spotted by the leader of the teaching session and very few people seem to be have been aware of it.

“No-one made any comment or complaint at the time or after the service, but if anyone was offended we of course would like to apologise for this unfortunate occurrence.”

The Harrogate Advertiser was contacted anonymously by a concerned member of the meeting this week, claiming the appearance of the image caused ‘panic’ in the room.

They said: “The vicar doing the service was doing an overhead projection for part of his service.

“He must have been using an iPad or something similar. One of the icons showed a pornographic picture.

“It appeared to show a naked lady. A lot of people noticed it and were quite shocked.

“There was a bit of panic, he was clearly trying to get it down.

“It was just so inappropriate, there were young children about.”