Biblefresh Festival – this weekend in Truro

Biblefresh logoPuppets, painting, an organized ‘mess’ and a balloon race are different way we aim to get people looking at the Bible at a festival on Saturday.

All told, it will be a nine-hour event, part of a year of celebrations marking the 400th anniversary of the Bible being made available to people in a language they could understand.

The Biblefresh Festival will be based at Truro Methodist Church, although much of it will be outside if the weather is good.

By the end of the day we pretty much guarantee that everyone will have found a way of discovering the Bible through something that makes sense to them. We’ve got a Gospel choir, a prayer labyrinth, a balloon race, barbecue – even the opportunity for people to do some serious thinking if they want to.

It’s linked to the nationwide Biblefresh campaign which marks 400 years since the Authorised Version, also known as the King James Version, was published.

Of course, now there are dozens of different version, even one called Word on the Street (it was the Street Bible) in very contemporary English.

The Truro event is for the whole of Cornwall and is being staged by the Cornwall Methodist District.

Among the activities is “Messy Biblefresh”, a version of Messy Church which is a remarkable success around the world. It is a form of church which involves families exploring creativity, worship and eating together.

So the whole festival gets under way at 10am on Saturday and ends with a fast-moving magazine celebration Fresh, from 5pm, featuring the White River Gospel Choir from the St Austell area.

I’d better get planning my 90-second sermon, hadn’t I?

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