2012 Flower Festival
‘Our World Naturally’
The church became busier than usual with the start of the Flower Festival at the end of September. With the planning and preparation over, flowers ordered and the festival brochure complete.
At the Flower Festival we found out more about our world, about creation. We discovered natural wonders of the world. Wonderful floral depictions of a waterfall, rainforest, weather, volcanoes, rainbow, meadows, snow capped mountains, the garden, sunrise, woodland in the night, fruits and vegetables, exotic plants and rivers.
At the festival, along with all the beautiful displays, there was an area where you could write a prayer on a flower shape and attach it to some branches. We took this idea from the great success of the prayer trees at the Christmas Tree Festival. There was a Prayer Tree where you could place prayers for the world or for people you know. The Tree was created by Messy Church and was in the side Chapel. In this area you could light prayer candles and listen to sounds from the Amazon rain forest. People used this area throughout the festival to offer their thoughts and prayers to our Creator God.
In the Old Testament book called Genesis we read of the creation of the earth. Ask any geographer and they will tell you that creation is on-going. Volcanoes erupt, earthquakes and tsunamis happen. We can’t control creation. But we should celebrate creation, our natural world. Nothing should be taken for granted. So enjoy your surroundings, wherever you are, as many enjoyed the Flower Festival celebrating ‘Our World Naturally’.
The Festival was suitable for all ages. Refreshments were served throughout the Festival along with the Globe Gift Shop which provided crafts, plants, books and gifts and a Grand Draw which had numerous excellent prizes. All the proceeds were donated to the Church Development Fund as we near the target to proceed with Phase 1 of the work.
Thanks are due to Judith Smyth and all the flower arrangers for creating such a wonderful display of flowers and to those who gave time and energy taking part in the Festival by helping with the stewarding, refreshments, the Grand Draw or the Globe Gift Shop.