Norfolk and Norwich groups gather to celebrate their religion

Launch of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk. Left to right, Rev Julian Pursehouse, director of Celebrate

Launch of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk. Left to right, Rev Julian Pursehouse, director of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk John Betts, lord mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur and deputy town crier to the city of Norwich Bob Lloyd.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Christian projects and charities have come together once again for the annual Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk event at the Forum.

The weekend began with an opening ceremony yesterday, with the Rev Julian Pursehouse, chairman of the East Anglia Methodist district, giving his blessing on the event alongside Norwich's deputy town crier, Bob Lloyd.

Around 25 exhibitors have taken over the Forum atrium and Millennium Plain for the weekend, hoping to reach people of all ages and demonstrate the work the church is doing. Project director John Betts said: 'Celebrate Norfolk is about creating a platform for Christians to celebrate, demonstrate and communicate the work that they do.'

Among the exhibits is a large football cage, provided by Youth For Christ, and its director, Nick Blanch, 37, is hoping the event can provide a platform for future outreach work. 'I'm hoping this event won't just be a one off and that we can build a platform for future outreach work by forming relationships with young people here,' he said.

Along with the exhibits, teams of bell ringers from around the country can be seen from 11.30am to 2.30pm today and 1pm-4pm tomorrow at St Peter Mancroft church. The weekend will conclude tomorrow with a closing ceremony at St Stephen's Church from 3.30pm.


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