Gretton Christian Festival
Three and a half years ago a small group of us came out of a prayer meeting with a vision for a village Christian festival. Gretton holds a flower festival, music festival and a beer festival so why not a Christian festival? I was not sure whether we were joking or not at the time but we have just held our third and each year it has become more uplifting and developed our church life further. It is probably true that this year it had a bigger impact on the wider village as I had more people unconnected with any church ask how it had all gone than in previous years.
We followed a basic format of main meetings with a guest speaker and worship band on the Friday and Saturday evenings (12th and 13th June). During the Saturday there were men’s and ladies’ breakfasts, a Bible study led by another guest speaker, Messy church, and a Taize style service. There was also an art and craft session for adults, ukulele workshop and a display of the history of the chapel all of which were aimed at drawing in people from the village who may not come to anything else.
On Sunday 14th we held our usual morning service followed by a “Bring and share” lunch.
We would all say that each time we have held it the church has taken a big step forward as a result. It was certainly true on this occasion as people have been buzzing ever since, hungry for more and with a broader vision for the future.
As minister of the church there is no doubt in my mind that it is something God has used to move us forward and I see a future where it will be more accepted by the village and the outreach aspect may take a different form. We really believe that God has called us to do this and blessed us each time.
Rev Peter Lloyd
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