C in the Park attracts big crowds

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

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HUNDREDS of local people streamed into King George V Playing Fields  to take part in an Open Air Service provided by Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill, as part of the annual C in the Park event.

Young and old alike took part in an uplifting act of worship that encouraged us all to consider what it means to have Jesus in our lives. Shaun Taylor gave a moving personal testimony that urged us all to have confidence in our faith and Andy Machin from Downend Baptist Church reinforced this message in his talk. It was wonderful to have some of the uniformed groups present and also children from Mangotsfield CofE Primary School singing.

From noon there was a varied programme of entertainment provided by local schools and groups, who gave freely of their time to sing, dance and provide music for an appreciative audience.  Around the field were a variety of large inflatables, games and craft activities for children and young people to enjoy and for those wishing to be refreshed there was of course tea and cake.  Also present were local groups such as Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Downend and Bromley Heath In Bloom and Downend and Emersons Green Voice.

The event on July 2 was made possible because nine churches from Downend, Mangotsfield, Emersons Green and Staple Hill worked together and resourced all the activities that were then FREE for their communities to enjoy with family and friends.  

C in the Park committee would like to extend thanks to the local councils that also supported and enabled the day and to the Scouts who gave their time and lent equipment as did Emersons Green Primary School.  

Also appreciated was the time given by first aid volunteers and the local police.  A supply of ‘C in the Park’ T-shirts was kindly donated by Ballyhoo Clothing Co. that allowed all the stewards and team of helpers to be identified and of assistance to the large crowds as they basked in glorious sunshine all day.  

Help given by local neighbours was also very much appreciated and contributed to a wonderful day of love, smiles and a great community and family atmosphere.

Further information can be found at https://m.facebook.com/CintheParkDownend/

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