Close knit effort for North Lopham church Bible exhibition

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham - Credit: Archant

A Bible story display in a village church is going to have a woolly texture to it.

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham - Credit: Archant

St Nicholas Church in North Lopham, near Diss, will be holding a Knitted Bible Festival between October 26 and 30.

Knitted figurines and scenes will be arranged around the church and will cover a whole host of Bible stories, including Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale and the Nativity Story.

Jennie Vere and others from St Nicholas Church have enjoyed the chance to recreate the Bible in wool.

She said: 'We want to try and open up the Bible to the wider world by creating scenes with knitted figures to illustrate some of the most visual stories.

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham

Some of the displays to feature at the Knitted Bible Festival at North Lopham - Credit: Archant

'We want to show that the Bible is really a library of books and subjects including history, adventure and romance, as well as poetry and law.'

For the previous five years the church has held a crib festival in the week leading up to Advent Sunday.

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However this year the church embarked upon a new challenge of recreating some of the more visual Bible stories.

The knitted bible project has had a lot of local interest and members of the church, local community and Mrs Vere's family have been busily knitting the scenes since January.

Mrs Vere said: 'Appeals for knitters and/or wool went into the church magazine and local newsletter and there have been lots of wool donations, and some great knitting support from the local community.'

All of the scenes will be numbered and will each have a brief synopsis.

Visitors will also receive a programme which will contain the scene numbers, headings and Bible references.

Admirers of knitted figurines will also have the chance to have their say and suggest what they think needs to be added to make the display complete for 2017.

The Knitted Bible Festival is free to visit.

As well as a chance to view the woolly figurines there will also be other children's activities, refreshments and a stall with home-made items.

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