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Familiar faces set for ‘unique’ faith festival in Long Sutton

A former Archbishop of Canterbury and a drummer with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will be attending a historic event in Long Sutton next week.

This Life Live It, a week-long series of free events and activities spread across Long Sutton, Lutton and Gedney Drove End, features Rev Dr Rowan Williams talking about his life as head of the Church of England and Gilson Lavis, one of the panellists for a Question Time-style called Is Faith Required?

The week between Monday, June 8 and Sunday, June 14, is organised by Anglican and Baptist churches in Long Sutton.

Rev Nic Hasnip, pastor of Long Sutton Baptist Church, said: “We’re living in days where there’s this kind of co-operation amongst churches of different dominations and it’s a profoundly wonderful and remarkable thing.

“We started to think of and plan this about a year ago and the aim is to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to places where people can hear it and all the events are free.

“This is something new to the whole of Lincoln diocese and we’ve tried to cater for everyone in the community.”

The week includes a talk by the Bishop of Grimsby, Rev Dr David Court, about his journey from atheism to Christianity, a presentation by Paster Chas Sandhu of The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, on the work of Agapecare Foodbank and a concert with the DeMontfort University Gospel Choir, Leicester.

Meanwhile, jazz drummer and portrait artist Gilson Lavis will be joined by, amongst others, Boston and South Holland Chief Inspector Paul Timmins and Alex Keenan of Roythornes Solicitors at Peele Leisure Centre, Long Sutton, on Wednesday, June 10 for a question and answer session on faith and belief.

Father Jonathan Sibley, parish priest of Long Sutton, said: “At least 5,000 leaflets have been designed, produced and delivered around the area for this event, so I really hope people are interested to come, explore and develop a greater understanding of, not only Christianity, but themselves too.”

For more details, call Father Jonathan on 01406 362033, Rev Hasnip on 01406 362333 or pick up a leaflet at the Market House, Market Street, Long Sutton.

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