Acle Christians greet the Easter dawn together
Acle’s Christian community demonstrated its ecumenical outlook at a dawn service outside St Mary’s Church, Fishley on Easter morning.
Once again the East Norfolk village of Acle demonstrated its uncompromising approach to ecumenism when a cross-section of about 50 members of the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of England community assembled for the 17th successive year at 5.45am on Easter Sunday morning outside the 12th century church of St Mary's, Fishley, a short walk out of Acle, for their annual dawn service.
They were led by Rector Nick Garrard, his wife Rev Helen Garrard, Rev Stephen Cullis, Rev Martin Greenland and Deacon Peter Glanville respectively The service commenced with prayers and hymns inside the candlelit church which has no electricity supply and then the congregation proceeded outside to the church grounds where further hymns were sung and prayers recited.
Finally, as the congregation stood in a circle bread and then wine was distributed by the officiating ministers.
The service finished with a rousing rendition of the hymn 'Jesus Christ is risen today' after which all present were invited by Rev Steve to the nearby Methodist Church hall for a much appreciated breakfast.
Pictured top is the congregation in the grounds of St Mary's Church, Fishley with rising sun in background and, above, outside the entrance to St. Mary's Church, left to right, Peter Glanville, Stephen Cullis, Martin Greenland, Nick Garrard, Helen Garrard.