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Diss churches join together for week of action

RickWakeman2008: Churches in Diss got together to lay on a fortnight of activities under the Hope’08 banner including a youth mission, party in the pavilion and a week of social action by youngsters. Rock legend Rick Wakeman was also involved.
The YFC Hope 08 schools mission team took lessons for the week starting May 19. They were working in Diss High School, Harleston High School and all the local primary schools in the area. They were also working with youth groups, scout groups and lots more in the area. They explained what Hope ‘08 is about, why the churches are doing it and how young people can be involved.

The week after, during half-term, churches worked together to give every house in Diss a request form for any jobs they need doing during this week. The churches also repainted the pavilion on the main park in Diss during the week using designs submitted by young people from Diss. Wednesday May 28 was a youth focused day entitled "The Youth Take Action". Youth from across South Norfolk/North Suffolk descended on Diss to wash people’s car for free and run a cafe during the day.

The week culminated in a 'Party at the Pavilion' in the main park of Diss on Saturday May 31, when rock legend Rick Wakeman unveiled the new mural. This event was open to all and live bands playing on the day include World Without End, Evandlist and Pete McAllen. There were tons of inflatable fun including bungee run and sumo suits, hog roast, big balloon race, face painting, graffiti artist and basketball.

Adrian Roy, assistant leader of Diss Christian Community Church, said: “We all want to bring about lasting change for the better by working with all facets of our community - local councils, housing associations, youth groups, businesses, churches, schools and individuals.”
The activities are headed up by Diss Churches Together and drew churches from across the area close to the town.

Pictured above is Rick Wakeman who unveiled a nural at the Party in the Pavilion.

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