1000 Lights for Aylsham church room dedication
2017: 1000 candles will be shining out in celebration of the dedication of the new Molly Long Community Room at Aylsham Parish Church on Sunday 29th January.
At a special service the Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, will dedicate the room in memory of Molly Long who left a legacy to the church following her death in March 2014.
Revd Canon Andrew Beane, right, Team Rector of the Aylsham Team of Churches said:
“The Church should look amazing, lit with a 1000 lights each shining brightly in memory of someone special. The fact that the Church will be celebrating Candlemas will make the occasion even more special. Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season, and is a time when we think particularly of different generations coming together in the community.
“Our wonderful new Community Room was made possible by Molly’s amazing legacy of £70,000. The room is already being used by our baby & toddler group, our children's Sunday Club, a children's choir, a community choir, the U3A Technology Group, our bereavement support group and other community and church groups. We're only just beginning to see what a difference this facility is making.”
Aylsham church is inviting people to 'sponsor' each of 1000 lights for £1 in memory of someone or in celebration of a special event and currently they have reached a quarter of their target. The money raised from the ‘sponsorship’ will then be split between the Aylsham church and Nelson's Journey, which works with bereaved families.
Sophie Berry, Funding & Marketing Manager at Nelson’s Journey said: “We incorporate the lighting of candles in memory of those who have died into several our therapeutic interventions and events, so it is very fitting that Aylsham Church have chosen to support us in this way. We are sure that providing the opportunity to remember those who have died in such a special space will be of comfort to those who take part. Funds raised will support our work with Norfolk’s bereaved children, helping us to bring back smiles.”
Anyone can sponsor a candle by visiting Aylsham Church’s webpage at www.aylshamparishchurch.org.uk
Everyone is welcome to come to the dedication service at 4.30pm on Sunday January 29 at Aylsham Parish Church when Bishop Jonathan will also be Confirming seven people and admitting 5 children to receive Communion before confirmation.
For more about Molly Long’s legacy, and the new community room, see last November’s article on Network Norfolk.
Visit : www.aylshamteamministry.org.uk
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