St. Laurences - 53rd Flower Festival 2017

Date:25 Aug 17
Time: 18:00 to 20:00
Location: St. Laurences Church

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend the Church will be holding their 53rd Flower Festival,with the theme of "Change". Every year there are minor changes to the event to move with the times. However the main event has remained constant over the years. How to tell others over and over that this is an event that can bring so much to those who visit: The messages portrayed in the flowers each speak to visitors in a different way, giving food for thought and contemplation.  

Each year we have lovely messages written in our visitor’s book and here are a few 
 “An inspiring display, Beautifully created. Well done. Thank you.” AB Coventry
 “Superb. One of your best.” JB Nuneaton “Excellent, Very uplifting” ES “Unbeatable Lovely” AW 

Our objective of bringing the Christian message to all who visit by displaying flowers in our beautiful ancient church has been at the centre of every festival over the years, and this year will be no different. "We live in a time of great "Change"around the world. When this theme was chosen some 18 months before the event, it clear that God chose this for us. The titles include "In heavenly love abiding , no change my heart shall fear," "The conversion of Paul," "Change our weak mortal bodies,"  "The Beatitiudes." Also remembering that "Love is Eternal" and "The same Yesterday,Today and Forever."
  
The festival will open at 6 p.m. on Friday 25th and will be followed by a Service of Dedication at 7 p.m. The church will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The Sunday services will be 10.30 a.m. Holy Communion and 6.30 p.m. traditional Evensong.
The festival will close with a service and reading the prayers from the Prayer Jar at 6.30 p.m. on the Monday evening.  
Throughout there will be an opportunity to place a stone leaving your burdens, place a flower for thanksgiving and bring prayer requests to God by placing them in a jar. 
During the event there will be refreshments available in the annexe, a produce stall and as usual we will have a raffle for the fruit cake.
Ansley Morris will be dancing on the Monday afternoon in the churchyard weather permitting, if it is inclement the dancing will be in the church. 
As In previous years we will be supporting the Nuneaton Hospital League of Friends, and the Acorns Children’s Hospice as well as raising money for church funds. Entrance will be free, but we do say “Please place a gift here not only to thank God for the joy of the Flower Festival, but for all the joys that God has brought to you.”

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