The 41st Redland May Fair started in bright sunshine which was unexpected. We welcomed 1000 or so people to the church building, which was particularly full when Partsong were singing. Many found peace and quiet in the churchyard. The prayer tent was used both for prayer ministry – around 30 people received prayer during the afternoon, and for shelter when the thunderstorm arrived towards the end of the afternoon.
It was great to be able to use our new halls for this year’s May Fair Teas. Given the extra kitchen, serving and storage space, it was decided to serve from 12 noon through till 5pm, offering a range of home-made sandwiches, cakes and biscuits, with freshly-baked scones to go with the jam and clotted cream for that authentic tea experience. At first we had a steady flow of visitors, but thanks to the rain a mass rush into the dry hall ensued, testing the capacity of the new building. In all some 800+ drinks were consumed and hundreds of cakes and biscuits so that little was left – apart from a few drinks.The church had a presence in other ways at the fair – CYFA was raising money through facepainting and Beat the Goalie, we had great fun raising £100 towards our trip to Tanzania and have now mastered the art of painting pink butterflies! Our Kitchenalia stall was also back again, and we raised over £780 for re:new. Lantern preschool had a stall and families were welcomed in the hall garden.
Many church members stewarded around the site and generally welcomed folk. It was a great afternoon, with so much going on for all ages. It was a privilege to welcome so many people to our church and community, and a huge thank you to everyone who helped contribute to make this year’s fair such a success.