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The service, on the Ship of Fools satirical Christian website, will have cartoon characters for a congregation. It will also feature wooden pews.

The service will be celebrated by a priest who will appear in cartoon form and who will be able to move around the church.

The congregation will be able to log on and see themselves as cartoon characters on the screen.

Simon Jenkins, the website's editor said: "We're running this as an experiment for three months and we are looking forward to seeing how people use the church and what they get out of it."

The service begins on May 11.