Bigger Christian presence at Norfolk Show a success 

2016: An enlarged Christian presence at the Royal Norfolk Show was hailed a fantastic success last night as 84,000 people were reported to have visited the largest agricultural show in East Anglia.

The Diocese of Norwich doubled the size of its marquee in a new partnership with Celebrate Norfolk, welcoming a number of other Christian organisations within the marquee.
There was also an official Show chaplaincy team under chaplain Rev Suzanne Cooke and a tent under the banner Good News.
RNSInside600aGordon Darley, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Diocese of Norwich, said: “It has been a fantastic couple of days. We have had thousands of people come in, including many school groups who have come and performed on the stage area including choirs, a steel band and an orchestra.  The comments from visitors have been so encouraging and there’s been a great buzz about the marquee. 
“We’ve served over 1,750 cups of tea and coffee and the café area has been full throughout the two days.  At the centre of the marquee was a large cross sculpture made of hundreds of handmade nails which has been a great talking point, and there have been different activities for children including a listening station of different church music, Scalextrix track and Messy Church craft activities.  Norwich Cathedral have been offering a free hand massage, and the Lord’s Prayer zone and cinema where people have been able to watch clips from Alpha and Billy Graham has proved really popular.”
RNSInside600b“Welcoming in other Christian organisations has really added something quite fantastic. It celebrates the unity of the church across Norfolk and how willing people are to work with one another. We have been able to engage with people about what the church is really like and many of the proactive activities which local churches provide in their communities and Christian charities provide across the county. So many of those exhibiting with us have spoken of the engagement they’ve had with visitors to the Show and how they’ve been able to talk to people about their work.”
Exhibitors included: YMCA Norfolk, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Youth for Christ, Rafiki Creative Ministry, the Matthew Project, Mothers’ Union, the Christian Conference Trust, Traidcraft, Rural Ministries, Revelation Bookshop, Norwich FGB, Network Norfolk and the Horstead Centre.
Asked about next year, Gordon said: “We would love to do this again and for more Christian organisations to be present. The buzz from this year has been fantastic and I really hope that many, seeing the photos from this year and hearing from others of the impact it’s had will really want to join us next year.  For more details, contact Angela George on 01603 881724 or angela.george@dioceseofnorwich.org for further information.
See a picture gallery of the Diocese of Norwich and Celebrate Norfolk marquee.