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Norwich: event showcases local Christians

Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk Christian festival takes over the Forum atrium and Millennium Plain, Norwich next week (12-13 June) ...

The annual Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk Christian festival is set to take over the Forum atrium and Millennium Plain in Norwich city centre on Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13, marking its seventh year, reports Network Norwich & Norfolk.

The event aims to celebrate and showcase the work of the Christian community right across Norfolk.

Included is a two-day exhibition with around 25 exhibitors, among them YMCA Norfolk, the Diocese of Norwich, St John’s Cathedral, Mothers Union, Community Action Norwich, the Matthew Project, Christian Aid, Christian Police Association, All Hallows Convent, Healing Room, OMF, Christian Conference Trust, European Christian Mission, Norfolk Street Partnership, Heartbeat Ministries, Norwich Youth For Christ and Norwich Foodbank.  

The exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm on Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13, both inside the Forum atrium and outside on Millennium Plain.  

There will be an opening ceremony at 9am on the Friday with guest speaker the Rev Julian Pursehouse, Chair of East Anglia Methodist District. Bob Lloyd the Deputy Town Crier will attend as will the Lord Mayor of Norwich.  

Also on Friday, the AGM of churches together group Transforming Norwich will be held at 2.15pm at the Octagon Chapel at St Peter Mancroft next to Millennium Plain.  

On Saturday and Sunday, teams of bellringers from around the country will be ringing the historic bells at St Peter Mancroft in readiness for the national Twelve Bell Competition. You can enjoy their performances between 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sunday.  

On Sunday June 14, a closing service will take place at St Stephen’s Church at Chapelfield from 3.30pm, with worship and testimony to celebrate and pray for Christian ministries in Norwich and Norfolk. It will also tie in conjunction with the Premier Society Sunday initiative. All are welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards.  

Celebrate project director, John Betts, said: “Celebrate Norfolk comes to our city centre each year to draw attention to the church in action in the public arena. It is important for the church to be seen by the world around us, to increase awareness of our work and to extend the scope of our impact.

“Too often, as a church, we seek to get people to come to us. At Celebrate we go where people are, to demonstrate who and what we are and share our faith with any and everyone who is willing to look and listen. Please come and join us.”  

More details at www.celebratenorfolk.co.uk  

PHOTO: Pictured above is last year’s Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk festival at the Forum in Norwich

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