Swaffham church sings Lent hymn marathon
An estimated 600 singers from across Mid Norfolk sang 748 hymns over 34 days of Lent at Swaffham Methodist Church to raise money to make their building a more usable space for the church and community.
Singers from across Mid Norfolk joined together at Swaffham Methodist Church from 10am to 11am every Monday to Saturday during Lent to sing all 748 hymns from the Methodist hymnbook Singing the Faith. The challenge began on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and finished on Saturday, March 19.
The hymn challenge aimed to raise £3000 towards the church’s Pinnacle Appeal which is seeking to renew the Grade II listed building’s roof and revitalise its interior to create a welcoming space for the church and its community. The total raised so far is £3230.
It is estimated that around 600 singers took part throughout the 'Hymnathon', coming from churches in Beetley, Dereham, Fulmodesten, Great Ellingham, Gressenhall, Hingham, Litcham, Sporle, Thetford, Thursford, Toftwood, Watton and Wendling.
Minister, Rev Eleanor Reddington, said: “Raising all of this money has been wonderful, but what has been achieved has been even greater than that.
“We have opened the church open to the community, kept the church open every day and seen some people who wouldn’t usually come here feel welcome here.
“People have opened up and connected with one another in a really special way.”
Donations can still be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/swaffhamhymnathon/251592
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