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Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk will be demonstrating the Christian church in action at three separate locations across the county during June.

Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk will return to The Forum and Millennium Plain in Norwich city centre on Saturday June 11 with a free exhibition of over 25 Christian organisations, charities and churches, including OMF, Norwich Foodbank, Community Action Norwich, Christian Aid, Mothers Union, Christian Conference Trust, Christian Police Association, Spin Crazy, TLC, European Christian Mission, Heartbeat, Christians Against Poverty, Hope into Action, Norfolk Street Partnership and YMCA Norfolk.
There will also be a Leaders’ Breakfast, a professional production of Amazing Grace, a combined churches choir, Messy Church activities and a youth programme from Norwich Youth For Christ. On Sunday June 12 there is a free picnic for volunteers to Celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday and a celebration service at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist.
Celebrate will also take place in King's Lynn for the first time on June 11 with a free, fun-filled day for all of the family at The Walks, King's Lynn.
Various churches will gather to celebrate the town and its community and from 10am to 6pm there will be a wide variety of activities, games, sports and entertainment from the main stage including live music from talented UK artists, including rap and hip-hop artist Jelz, the Darn Funk Orchestra and the Bean Baker Band. The King’s Lynn Patriots American football team will also be making an appearance.
The whole Christian-based event is free, coincides with Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday and aims to fulfil her particular request to have churches join together in the celebrations.
Celebrate will also be at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show on June 29 and 30, where it is joining together with the Diocese of Norwich to  put on an exhibition of the church in action across the region.
The Diocese of Norwich has doubled the usual size of its well-established exhibition marquee and a whole host of Christian groups and organisation will come together under the Celebrate banner to join in.
Features will include Forest Church, a prayer space, cinema, toddler area, Messy Church, café and the Christian projects exhibition.
John Betts, director of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk, said: “It is a privilege to be celebrating the role of volunteering throughout the event in Norwich. Our exhibitors will be advertising volunteer opportunities on Saturday. On Sunday, in line with Her Majesty the Queen, we will be honouring the volunteers who work with the large number of Christian charities across Norwich and Norfolk, with a sponsored picnic in the Narthex at St John the Baptist Cathedral. This will be followed by our Celebrate service of worship in the Cathedral. Our speaker will be Julian Bryant, Regional Co-ordinator, for Christian Aid.
“We praise God for the opportunity to celebrate the work of His Kingdom and the amazing diversity of Christian ministries in Norwich and Norfolk. We pray that there will be many fruitful outcomes as a result of the faith and commitment of all who take part.”

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Full details of all events at: www.celebratenorfolk.co.uk