Norfolk Christians celebrate Easter sunrise
Easter services were held across Norfolk yesterday, including dawn services at beauty spots around the county.
For the seventeenth time the Norfolk Broads village of Acle demonstrated its uncompromising approach to ecumenism when a cross-section of about 50 members of the Roman Catholic, Methodist and Church of England community gathered at 5.45am outside the 12th Century church of St Mary's Fishley, a short walk from Acle Village centre for its traditional annual Service.
The service was led by Deacon Peter Glanville, Revs Stephen Cullis, Martin Greenland and Nick Garrard. The service commenced with prayers and hymns inside the candlelit church, which still has no electricity supply, after which the congregation proceeded outside to the church grounds where further hymns were sung and prayers recited.
Finally, as the congregation stood in a circle, the sun rose in the background.
The service finished with a rousing rendition of the hymn 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today' after which all present were invited back to the Methodist church for a much appreciated breakfast.
About 30 Christians gathered on Dereham’s Neatherd Moor for the traditional Easter Sunday sunrise service.
Ian Gardner, an elder at the town’s Baptist church, led the service, which celebrated Jesus’ resurrection. It included songs, Bible readings, some drama and prayers.
Pictured above: The service on Neatherd Moor by Julie Mann.
Pictured below: The service at Fishley by John Kenney