Christians gather for blessing of loaves and fishes

Christians gather for blessing of loaves and fishes

Christians gather for blessing of loaves and fishes

First published in News

A ceremony in Arnside marked a week of celebrations of God's bounty for Morecambe Bay communities.

More than 100 people from seven schools and villages around Morecambe Bay gathered for the event.

Quakers, Methodists, Catholics and Anglicans came together for the blessing of freshly-baked bread and fish caught in the bay.

The aim of the week, which runs until Sunday (June 15), is to invite coastal communities and schools to host a Loaves and Fishes meal.

The meals of fish and seafood will be served in schools, parish halls and in beachside picnics.

Canon Professor John Rodwell, event organiser, said: “What we hope for from this project is a better awareness of the good things that nature provides and the fragile character of the world we share with other creatures.”

The ceremony was due to take place on the beach but torrential rain forced everyone inside St James’ Church.

Canon Rodwell said: “The rain is all part of God’s gift of creation and it makes the world as green and fresh as it is!”

Schoolchildren from Arnside, Storth, Fleetwood, Silverdale, Bolton-le-Sands and Yealand formed a choir and a band adding music to the occasion.

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