Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Across East Anglia

Circuit stewards and staff in Ipswich (above)
In the kitchen at Acle (above)
Welcome at Ely (below)

Worship Band at Ely (below)

Gathering at Red Lodge (below)

Morning Service at Chapelfield Road Church, Norwich (below)

East Anglia was fairly unfamiliar territory to me but I was impressed both by the variety of what was happening there and the warmth of the welcome !

Red Lodge is a small but enthusaistic Anglican/Methodist congregation which at long last is hoping to see a new Church rise from the ashes after a fire a few years ago. We were encouraged to hear of their plans to reach out to the local community.
Chapelfield Road is Norwich is at the other end of the spectrum in size, one of the grand churches of Methodism, its worship enhanced by a well-rehearsed choir.
On the Sunday evening spirits were raised by tremendous congregational singing at the Circuit service at Acle, an attractive modern church celebrating 20 years in its current building. I was sent away with a song in my heart and an Eccles cake in my stomach ....!

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