Love Patcham festival to return

Posted On 04 Jul 2015 at 11:25 am

The Love Patcham festival is scheduled to return to the grounds of Patcham High School in September.

The festival was held for the first time in September last year, organised jointly by five local churches with support from the Chichester Diocesan Mission Fun which gave £1,500 towards the event.

Andy Bousfield, minister at Ascension Church, Westdene, said: “The Love Patcham festival was a resounding success.

Love Patcham flyer“We wanted to show to the Patcham community that the churches are here for them all and to show that God loves them all.

The festival was promoted by the five churches in Patcham from the CofE (Church of England), Methodist, Elim Pentecostal and Catholic denominations.”

The churches were All Saints, Patcham, Ascension Church, Westdene, Brighton Elim Pentecostal Church, Patcham Methodist Church and St Thomas More.

Mr Bousfield said: “It proved that combined, we are a force for God to be reckoned with. We involved many local businesses, organisations as well as individuals.

“We had a mix of stage acts some of which were promoting faith, and a ‘tea with vicars’ event for gospel conversations.

“With all the events free, the children of all ages were able to join in all the exciting stall opportunities, games and challenges.

“Over 1,000 people came, which we were astounded by, including the MP Caroline Lucas.

“The hosting school and a couple of local businesses want to be more involved next year now they realise what we are about.

“We were grateful for the grant of £1,500 which was more than matched by church donations and income from the event. We were humbled by the generosity of so many.

“Plans are now well under way for an even larger event this year on (Saturday) 12 September 2015.”

Three other Brighton churches have applied for grants from the Chichester Diocesan Mission Fund – St Cuthman’s, Whitehawk, St Luke’s, in Queen’s Park Road, Brighton, and St George’s, Kemp Town.

The fund was created to “support mission initiatives in our area, focusing on those that deepen faith and increase commitment to worship”.

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