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Churches create a stir at Eggleston Show

Upper Teesdale Churches Together have, once again, played an active part in this year’s Eggleston Show.

Our theme was “stir things up!” and visitors were invited to knock down the evils of ‘injustice’, ‘cruelty’, ‘pride’, ‘war’, and ‘hunger’ on our coconut-shy, to post the things they wanted to see changed on our ‘Stir It Up’ board and to decorate wooden spoons to take home as a reminder of our theme.

With a pitch just inside the main public entrance to the show ground we could catch the attention of everyone arriving at the show - and leaving it later on!

The result - in spite of some very overcast weather - was a steady stream of visitors throughout the day, with the coconut shy and the spoon decorating proving popular with young and old alike, while the comments posted on the board were circulated to local churches as a focus for prayer the following day.

This was the 147th show which, once again, attracted competitors from across the North of England and Southern Scotland and drew an audience of several thousand.

Mary Howard, Chair of Upper Teesdale Churches Together said: “We attach great importance to being present at such a significant community event.

“Hopefully, the fun activities we encouraged people to engage in still made the point that the churches are here to fight for a just society, and to stand alongside the disadvantaged, showing God's love for all.

“As ever, I am indebted to the volunteers who gave time and energy to the preparations before and on the day, and also to the 'Churches in the Dale' for the loan of the trailer.”

First published on: 10th October 2023
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