Carols and Coffee service at Gorleston Pavilion 

11th December 2019

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Cliff Park Community Church’s annual Carols and Coffee service at Gorleston Pavilion proved as popular as ever with a full house and a record amount of £916 raised for the local Food Bank

CAROLS+COFFEE3 jamie wllieFor the second year, the service featured the full Orchestrate! Project youth orchestra and Norwich Young Voices choir, both founded and conducted by John Stephens who is one of the worship leaders at the church.  Young people from Kids Church and the Q3 teenagers group also took part in a candle light procession as the choir and orchestra performed O Come, O Come Emmanuel and Q3 member Alistair Wyllie read the nativity story
The minister, the Rev Mike Simm, gave a talk based around Marmite which he explained could be compared to some aspects of the Gospel story which people either loved or hated!
Church member, Tony Wells, explained how he had rediscovered his Christian faith after many years and been baptised in the sea last summer
Judy Harvey led the prayers and Tony Mallion hosted the event
The service, for which no charge is made, attracted almost 300 people many of whom were queuing early to ensure they got a seat.  For the second year the bucket collection went to the Food Bank with a record £916 raised. The young collectors in the foyer were joined by a surprise special guest – Father Christmas
Cliff Park Community Church Christmas services continue with Carols on the Green in the open air on the Mews at 5 pm this Sunday; Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 22nd; and Christingle on Christmas Eve both at 4pm at Cliff Park Junior School. There is also a Christmas Day service at 10.30 am
photos courtesy of Jamie Wyllie