18 May 2012

10,000 cream teas welcome Olympic Flame to Cornwall

Tomorrow (19 May) around 10,000 people will enjoy free cream teas in almost every church in every village and town in Cornwall to celebrate the start of the Olympic Torch Relay.

Churches Together in Cornwall has organised the Great Cream Tea Challenge, which expects to see a record number of cream teas hosted in a single day. The cream for the event is being provided by Rhodda's and local farmers around Cornwall.

"It's great that the churches are working together in this way," said Methodist minister the Revd Doreen Sparey-Delacassa, who was on the organising committee. "We will be holding the event alongside a day of prayer for Cornwall. Everyone who takes part in the cream tea will be prayed for. There will also be sporting events happening in the grounds of many of the churches taking part."

The Olympic Flame will leave Lands End tomorrow morning to begin its journey through Cornwall. It will leave just a couple of hours behind a double-decker Praise Bus from Escalls Methodist Chapel, carrying the first of many musicians who will sing their faith from the top deck as the vehicle tours around the country.

On Sunday 20 May there will be a day of prayer across the Duchy, with special church services and prayer for a revival of faith in Cornwall. Some congregations may devote themselves to a week of 24/7 prayer, leading up to a celebration at Gwennap Pit on Sunday 27 May, when the preacher will be the Revd Leo Osborn, President of the Methodist Conference. 

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