King’s Lynn Celebrate sets out to bless
2016: The sun shone in King’s Lynn yesterday (June 11) as churches of different denominations came together to stage a free fun day in the park, blessing hundreds of people from the local community with live music, inflatable slides, a vast selection of complementary cakes, circus skills and much more, reports Jenny Seal.
The inaugural Celebrate in King’s Lynn took place on Saturday, June 11 in The Walks, a beautiful park in the heart of the town. Many of the churches and Christian organisations of King’s Lynn had come together to stage a free community fun day and as their stalls opened at 10am the rain stopped and the sun began to shine.
With a backdrop of live music from local bands as well as bungee runs, sumo wrestling, facepainting, penalty shootouts, bouncy castles, volleyball and displays from King’s Lynn American Football Club there was always something to keep the hundreds of visitors and passing families entertained.
At the refreshments tent visitors could choose from a huge range of homemade cakes as well as tea, coffee and squash all completely free.
Each church came with a different activity, each with the intention of blessing the town’s community.
Reffley Community Church of the Nazarene
were out in force hosting a coconut shy, a tin can alley, facepainting and a ball throw stall. June Mitchell MBE
(pictured right) had collated a commemorative display for the Queen’s birthday complete with the medal and documentation from her own MBE award.
Talking about his enthusiasm for Celebrate, Pastor Steve Taylor of Reffley Community Church
said: “We just want to share the heart of God and bless people. We’ve all been touched by God. So it is great to just get the opportunity to show that there is a great, big God and that we’re not all about routine or selling something.”
King’s Lynn Baptist Church
teamed up with clown Sally Crazy Bananas
(pictured right) to offer a circus skills area, along with balloon modelling, giant bubble blowing and facepainting.
Tina and Emma from Terrington St Clement Parish Church
(pictured below right) spent the day blessing people with a free hand and arm massage.
King’s Lynn Christian Fellowship
ran a mini Olympics for teams of two, encouraging families to work together to complete a series of fun challenges.
Assistant Pastor Darryl Mallet
said: “It’s great that we are connecting with the community. So often we expect people to come in but here we are out. The fact that it’s all free and just about God blessing people is important. And it’s great to work with other churches”.
St Faith’s Church, Gaywood
had a display of prayer shawls as well as giant jenga, hook a duck and throwing ping pong balls in a bowl.
craft activities were available to do at the St John the Evangelist Church
stall and The King’s Glory Centre
had a mountain of beads for people to make jewellery, key rings or other mementos.
Pastor Ola Adegoke of the King’s Glory Centre
said of Celebrate: “We want to bring Christians together to bless people and to show that contrary to what people see on TV, Christians are not freaks or boring, but can be fun. We want God to be glorified.”
The Gateway Church
had brought their fully kitted out camper van (pictured right) as an attractive talking point and the Christian Motorcycle Association
displayed their bikes. There were also stalls promoting the work of the King’s Lynn Foodbank
, King’s Lynn CAP Debt Centre
, the Salvation Army
and the College of West Anglia
Alison Hill, the Coordinator of Celebrate in King’s Lynn
(pictured right with Lulu), had always stated that the aim of the event was to bless the people of King’s Lynn and to give the opportunity for churches to showcase their projects and ministries. The Celebrate team, the local churches and their volunteers worked hard to put on a fun day that successfully fulfilled that aim.
Main photo: Pastor Kevan Crane
from King's Lynn Baptist Church
Read a story about Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk.
Gallery of pictures below by www.Rachelswintonphotography.weebly.com