Biblefresh Festival in Lincolnshire

Saturday April 30th dawned bright and fair for what had been optimistically flagged up in the local press as "The First Lincoln Bible Festival".

 The Festival, organized by Churches Together in All Lincolnshire, was held in ten church venues in Lincoln city centre, making it a truly ecumenical project.

Those who came to the city especially for the Festival and those who were there to shop were offered a range of events in a programme distributed by the street pastors.

There were acts of worship throughout the day, reflecting the variety of traditions involved. Also on offer were seminars on Matthew and on the Bible in Film, a Bible study led by the Chair of District, an illustrated talk on the history of the Bible and the relationship between the Douai/ Rheims and King James versions, workshops on new ways of story-telling, and performances of gospel magic.

Participants in the day could share in the reading of the gospels and in musical activities based on the psalms, hear a series of dramatic readings, contribute to the hand-written Bible, draw parts of large-scale illustrations of Biblical events, or hunt the Bible heroes who were to be found in each church.

 There were exhibitions on the work of the Quakers, of various books and Bibles, and of work from one of the church schools in the city whilst those who climbed (the rightly-named) Steep Hill were able to view a rare 1616 edition of the King James Bible in the Cathedral Library.

How many people participated in the Festival is hard to gauge; it may have seemed that this was a day when small numbers of Christians met inside the churches and were richly fed with spiritual food whilst large numbers streamed up and down the High St to spend their money on what does not satisfy, but as one participant commented, nothing like this had happened in Lincoln before.

 This was a day for eyes to be opened.

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