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Spiritual Life: Why our church supports Woodford Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 13 October 2018

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On Saturday the Mayor of Redbridge, Councillor Debbie Kaur-Thiara, came to our church to formally open the Woodford Festival, which continues in full swing until this Sunday.

The festival offers a wide range of cultural activities: concerts in various styles, drama, talks, crafts and art.

Some of them organised by our church, some using the venues that we offer.

Why should a Christian church be involved in this? Three words: creativity, diversity and community.

Creativity because we believe in a God who made human beings in their creator’s likeness - we are creative too!

The festival is a great celebration of our human creativity.

Diversity because we believe in a God who loves human beings regardless of their races, cultures and dispositions – and sent Jesus to die for the salvation of all humankind. The festival reveals people in all their diversity, with a huge range of cultures and gifts.

Community because we believe in a God who made us to live in community, loving and supporting one another. The Woodford Festival is a wonderful expression of community, drawing people together, giving opportunities for individuals and groups to build new relationships.

So these are the reasons our church is pleased to support the festival.

Saint Paul once wrote these words: “Brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things and the God of peace will be with you.”

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