Roar of the crowd at C in the Park

Published on: 30 Jun 2014

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A BUMPER crowd turned out for the annual C in the Park celebrations in Downend last weekend. After mixed weather in previous years, bright sunshine greeted a congregation of about 600 to the Open Air Church service in King George V Park on Sunday morning including members of local uniformed organisations.

Nigel Farmer, the minister of Sanctuary Church in Staple Hill, spoke on the theme of ‘The roar of the crowd’, using plenty of football imagery and personal illustrations to get people thinking about the voices they listen to within society.

Most of the congregation stayed on to share in a mass picnic, while local bands and dance groups provided the entertainment. Hundreds of people from the local community spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and participating in the variety of free attractions on offer. Particularly popular were the climbing wall, the rodeo bull and the refreshments tent where a team of gallant volunteers served endless tea and coffee, with cakes donated by members of local churches. Younger children enjoyed the bouncy castles and Grand National inflatable, with the ice cream van doing a roaring trade. 

Displays from local voluntary groups and parish councils highlighted some of the many creative community initiatives making a positive difference to our part of east Bristol.

This was the third C in The Park event and the Rev Paul Peterson, chair of the organising group, was delighted with how the day went. He said: “There was a really chilled-out atmosphere throughout the day and it was great to see so many people of all ages mixing together and enjoying the festival feel. As Christians we want to offer this event to bless local people and witness to our generous, loving God. People are always amazed that the only things they might have to pay for are burgers and ice creams.”

C in the Park continues to grow year by year. This year volunteers from 12 local churches in Downend, Mangotsfield, Emersons Green, Staple Hill and Bromley Heath helped to arrange the event, demonstrating the vibrancy and unity of the church in the Downend area.

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