The Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich is hosting a marquee at this year’s Suffolk Show – and celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee with a special blessing. Suffolk’s big agricultural show returns after a two-year hiatus from May 31 to June 1 after the event was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, those visiting the marquee are being invited to write messages of joy on postcards as part of the Diocese’s #SuffolkBlessing theme, to pass on to others.
Thousands of #SuffolkBlessing postcards have been produced, with the aim of sharing God’s desire to bless and bring a little joy across the county.
The Revd Canon Dave Gardner, said: “This year’s Suffolk Show will be extra special, returning after a two-year gap and celebrating the Queen’s platinum Jubilee. This year, we are launching #SuffolkBlessing as our key theme at the show alongside our Jubilee prayer. Our marquee is a space for all ages filled with fun activities and refreshments – we would love to see you there.”
Meanwhile, the Diocese will be offering complimentary tea, coffee and cakes in its marquee, with the tent furnished with comfy seating, cushions and sofas.
Among the entertainment will be a puppet show and messy church crafts for children and adults, free face painting, and youth arcade games. At 2.30pm each day, the marquee will erupt in song – with a chorus of popular hymns echoing through the tent. Throughout the day young and old alike can reflect on the faith that has upheld our Queen though her long reign and offer their own prayers to God on our prayer tree.
Dave added: “We have lots of interesting things going on at the Diocese marquee. I am particularly looking forward to the hymn singing, we are looking to have a good crowd so it should sound brilliant. We have all had a difficult two years and to be able to enjoy the delights of the Suffolk Show again will be such a blessing’ Make sure to come along and see us at stand 602”
More information here.