Cromer Church shining in the darkness
Cromer Parish Church held a very successful Light Party on October 31 which attracted 170 children and adults.
The church was transformed with lighting effects, created by Phil and Russell Broughton, and several people stopped in their tracks as they came to into the church and made passers-by come in and see what was going on!
Organiser Simon Fenn said “With such a great setting, everything else just fell into place; We had a free cafe for adults, a neon disco and various light-based activities for children ending with a giant picnic tea. The lantern procession around the church to ‘Shine from the inside out’ was a very special moment.”
170 people came to the event which was led by a team of 14 working together to make it a successful, fun and exciting evening for families. Comments like – “Wow”, “inspiring”, “brilliant”, and “amazing” were heard repeatedly.
Revd. William Warren said, “It was great to see the church filled with so many families having a brilliant time and enjoying the party atmosphere”.
A few parents said that they were really pleased for a decent alternative to the typical Halloween party as their children weren't particularly keen on scary things, but they didn't want to miss out on a 'fun' evening.
One parent that had seen the event on social media travelled from Norwich with her two daughters. She said on Facebook "It was just so lovely and we all had the best time. Thank you so much to everyone who put so much time and effort in for all the children. We got a warm welcome and people were so friendly, generous and kind. It was lovely to see so much hustle and bustle in the church."
A visiting parent from another church took several pictures to inspire their own church to do something similar, saying “this is how church should be”. Another said, “Thank you for a fantastic evening. My daughter and I really enjoyed the evening, I must visit the church more often.”
Simon said “I cannot begin to describe how pleased I am with how successful the Light Party was. It was a fantastic evening for all the family, and we pulled together as a team to provide a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We were able to celebrate the light rather than darkness and demonstrate God’s love to the wider community”.
For information about other activities at Cromer Church, visit : www.cromer-church.org.uk
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