S Norfolk church to host first Knitted Bible Festival
Members of St Nicholas' Church in North Lopham have been knitting throughout 2016 in order to stage their first Knitted Bible Festival in October half term with scenes from the Bible recreated in wool.
Jennie Vere and others from St Nicholas' Church in North Lopham have set about recreating the Bible in wool for the church’s first Knitted Bible Festival. The festival will be hosted by St Nicholas’ Church during October half term week from Wednesday, October 26 – Sunday, October 30 and is free to visit.
The knitted scenes will be arranged around the church and will cover a whole host of Bible stories including Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Jonah and the Whale and of course the Christmas Nativity Story.
Jennie Vere said: “We want to try and ‘open up’ the Bible to the wider world by creating scenes with knitted figures to illustrate some of the most visual stories. We want to show that the Bible is really a library of books and subjects including history, adventure and romance, as well as poetry and law.”
For five years previously the church in North Lopham had held a popular Crib Festival in the week leading up to Advent Sunday. However this year they have ambitiously embarked upon a new challenge of recreating some of the more visual Bible stories.
The project has had a lot of local interest and members of the church, local community and Jennie’s family have been busily knitting the scenes since January 2016.
Jennie continues: "Appeals for knitters and/or wool went into the church magazine and local newsletter and there have been lots of wool donations and some great knitting support from the local community."
All of the scenes will be numbered and will each have a brief synopsis. Visitors will also receive a ‘programme’ which will contain the scene numbers, headings and bible references.
Visitors will also have the chance to have their say and suggest what they think needs to be added to make the display complete for 2017.
As well as a chance to view the woolly figurines there will also be other children's activities, refreshments and a stall with home-made items.
The Festival will be open from 11am-5pm on October 26-29 and 12.30pm-4pm on October 30.
St Nicholas Church, The Street, North Lopham, IP22 2LP