Vineyard church opens town's celebration day

Norwich Vineyard church opened the Thorpe St Andrew St George’s Day celebrations in bright sunshine yesterday (April 21) in front of a crowd of several hundred.

 
StGeorgea450aThe church, which usually meets at Thorpe St Andrew High School, moved their Sunday morning service to the open air and were first on the bill of the Thorpe St Andrew Town Council’s annual St George’s Day celebration held at the Fitzmaurice Pavilion off Pound Lane.
 
The 45-minute service, led by pastor Geoff Lawton, featured worship, drama and  a short message to get the celebrations off to a joyful start.
 
Geoff said: “We have joined in this community celebration for a couple of years now and it is a great way to get it started and raise the profile of the church locally. We were offering free drinks and doughnuts as well as face-painting and craft activities.”
 
An estimated 1,000 people took part in the free event which is held on the Sunday closest to St George’s Day, which is on Tuesday (April 23).
 
Town mayor John Ward, said: “He is our patron saint and I think we should do more to celebrate St George. We do this for the community and local charities are making money for themselves and promoting local groups.”
 
There was also Morris and street dancing, fairground rides, children’s games and a  visit from Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.
 
Read more about the event on EDP24

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