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Red Wednesday, Christmas fair and Samaritans concert

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes Red Wednesday in King’s Lynn, a street fair in Bungay, singing for the Samaritans and a Christmas goat.


Bungay Street Fair was held on Sunday December 2 and during the afternoon, 150 people visited St Edmund’s church.

Being the first week in Advent the first candle on the Advent wreath was shining brightly. Sand trays for votive candles were set up around the church near various cribs (pictured above) and pictures. Visitors took time out of the hustle and bustle of the street fair to light a candle and contemplate. This was done in a respectful and appreciative way.

There were Traidcraft gifts on sale and home-made quilts. The candle donations for CAFOD raised £63. Visitors left many positive comments about the prayerful atmosphere and the beauty of the church. Sue Altarelli, who organised the event in the church said: “It is always important to be seen participating in this yearly town event.”

Comments made by visitors to St Edmund’s included: “What a hidden gem of a church and I never knew it was here.” “I recently lost a loved one and wanted to light a candle …it has been a real comfort coming in here.” “I was brought up a Catholic and don’t go anymore but this has made me think about returning.”


King’s Lynn Town Hall (pictured right) was floodlit in red on Red Wednesday, November 28, to show solidarity with Christians being persecuted for their faith throughout the world and especially in the Middle East.

The floodlighting was made possible through the initiative of Lynn parishioner Tim Tilbrook who is also a Borough Councillor. At the same time there was a display of a large cross draped in red with a red flower arrangement in the London Road window of Our Lady’s Church.


Sing for Samaritans – Songs at Christmas, a concert by the Bury St Edmunds Community Choir, will be performed at St Edmunds Church in the town on December 20 to raise money for the local branch of the Samaritans.

The choir will be directed by Mike Berridge and accompanied by Jane Everard and the evening starts at 7.30pm at the church at 1 Westgate Street, IP33 1QG. You can reserve your free ticket with Viv at vivbewley1@gmail.com donations welcome


Deacon Mike and Mrs Ann Vipond, from Framlingham in Suffolk, wish everyone a Happy and Holy Christmas. Instead of sending Christmas cards they say they will be sending a goat via the CAFOD gift scheme.

 

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