Christian action event impacts Norfolk
By Helen Baldry
2010: Around 300 people gathered at the closing service of Celebrate Norfolk to sing songs, praise God and hear testimonies about what had happened during the outreach event over the weekend of 11 - 13 June. The closing celebration was a fitting way to end the exciting and wide-reaching event.
Bishop Graham opened the event on the Friday morning explaining that the word "Celebrate" comes from the Latin for numerous, thronged or renouned. This certainly reflected the aims of the event to spread the word about what God is doing in Norfolk to as many people as possible. Hundreds of people walked through the doors of the Forum to browse the many exhibition stands inside representing Christian charities and groups from around the county. The Christian Motorcycle Association gave away 70 Bikers Bible through the course of the weekend.
Norwich city centre was filled with the voices of the Norwich Youth for Christ gospel choir and crowds were attracted by performances from Riding Lights Theatre Company, Bowthorpe Church puppet team and the Congolese choir amongst others. One passer-by perceived that the atmosphere was made different by all these Christian groups coming together, "I come to the Forum every week but this week everything's changed".
Norfolk Healing Rooms had a caravan outside the Forum for the first time and testified to some remarkable stories during the weekend including young man whose damaged a ligament in his foot was healed and a lady who is in rehab was prayed for and was filled by the Holy Spirit.
The music and drama ministries also had a great impact; for example, a 25 year old woman was moved by watching the Riding Lights theatre company sketches. After watching the performance she approached one of the actors who led her through a believers prayer.