Churches from across the Diocese have been keeping spirits high


Churches across Suffolk have offered creative ways to keep congregations engaged and supported.   Here are three uplifting stories on what some of them have been getting up to…

St Andrew’s Tostock coffee mornings surge in popularity through lockdown

St Andrew’s Tostock were able to replace their usual weekly coffee morning meet at the local village hall with a cake delivery service, direct to their doors. These were also often accompanied by illustrations and greetings created by the local children. This was able to happen at least once a month, but often more frequently! In August they held an outdoor coffee morning on the Village Green which led to them winning the Radio Suffolk Community award. Following this success, they held another outdoor coffee morning on the Tuesday 8 September, with both of these events becoming more popular than the previous coffee mornings. They intend to keep these going as long as the weather allows.

Other fresh ideas for more alternative services have included a pet service where plenty of furry friends joined in on the worship!

North Samford Benefice’s very own Bear Hunt!

North Samford Benefice were able to hold their very own Bear Hunt around the Sproughton Playing Fields and surrounding area. Families took part in following signs and engaged in activities at each station, trekking through the long wavy grass, the deep cold river, the thick oozy mud, the big dark forest, the snow storm and found a huge teddy bear! A total of eleven children, two dads, nine mums and one granddad joined in on the fun. It was a huge success with families pleading for another trail so an alternative to Halloween is proposed!  

Open air Service for the Claydon Group of churches

An amazing open air service was held on Sunday 6th September at Walnut Tree Farm, Henley. With wonderful views and sitting in God's garden there was a great time to be had by all worshipping outdoors. You are able to view the pictures taken by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/claydonchurches/