Rock music and solemn church services may seem like an unusual combination. But the reverends of St. John's Cathedral in Central are using rock 'n roll songs to help them spread their message to young people. This Sunday, St. John's Cathedral will stage its first U2Charist service in support of the Make Poverty History campaign, the UK-based charity spearheaded by U2's lead singer, Bono. There will be rock music and dance performances taking place inside the church. The U2Charist (or U2 Eucharist) is a church service that integrates the Anglican Eucharist and the music of Irish rock band U2. The term U2Charist was coined by an American priest, Paige Blair, who is a big fan of the band and hopes to raise people's awareness of poverty and Aids through their music. By bringing U2Charist to Hong Kong, St. John's are trying to reach out to local young people. 'Many young people like U2,' said Reverend Sharon Constable of St. John's. 'Normal church services only attract regular churchgoers. We want to reach out to young non-believers in the neighbourhood and raise their awareness of social justice.' Featuring dance performances by young members of St. Stephen's Church and pop stars' video appeals, U2Charist is very different from usual church services. 'There won't be heavy sermons and preaching. Instead of converting people to Christianity, we want to make people think about the plight of the poor and Aids-stricken people around the world,' said Jeff Evans, an organiser of the event. The theme of social justice will run through the event. Powerpoint slides about poverty and other scourges afflicting people in Third World countries will be shown. Amid the music and dancing, the congregation will be encouraged to take action and do their part to make poverty history. Teresa Chan, who regularly attends services at the church, thinks enjoying rock music and dancing on the pews is a cool idea. 'Though I'm not a big fan of U2, the show can surely pull in young people who don't often go to church,' said Ms Chan. Visitors can make a donation before leaving the cathedral. Wristbands and fair trade goods like coffee, chocolate and biscuits will be on sale. All the proceeds and donations will go to Heifer Hong Kong, the St. John's Cathedral HIV/Aids Centre and Bethune House Migrant Woman's Refuge. U2Charist is on October 15 at 6:30pm, free admission A passionate frontman U2's frontman, Bono, is an enthusiastic campaigner for world peace and ending poverty. He urges world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty and Aids. Bono was recently named Person of the Year for his tireless charity work, along with Bill and Melinda Gates. He founded DATA (Debt, Aids, and Trade in Africa) in 2002 to help lessen the suffering of people in Africa. Bono believes everyone can make a difference, even if they can't donate money. 'We're not asking for your money. We're asking for your voice,' he said Rock 'n' soul U2 is a four-member rock band from Ireland, led by singer Bono (Paul David Hewson). Formed in 1976, U2 has enjoyed success around the world, selling more than 50 million albums in the US alone. The band is politically active and a keen advocate of human rights causes. U2 has organised numerous campaigns, such as Make Poverty History and the Live 8 concerts.