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Crowds gather to worship in High Wycombe centre
WORSHIPPERS from more than 40 churches came together in the centre of High Wycombe on Sunday.
The annual event called Love Wycombe started in 2012, but moved to a new spot nearer All Saints Church in Church Street at the weekend.
It attracted a large crowd of people on Sunday morning, who came together to sing and praise God.
This year they are fund raising to support the new High Wycombe Debt Centre, set up in partnership with Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
Alan Garratt, who worships at St Peter’s Loudwater, said: "It is nice to see all the other Christians here. We meet in our own places on Sundays. It is encouraging to see how many Christians are in High Wycombe and to see the churches united and celebrating together."
The event is held on Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is the festival when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is celebrated on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
Stephanie Mendy, from King’s Church High Wycombe in Desborough Road, said: "It is nice to meet different people and enjoy themselves here. It is great to be alive, especially on a sunny day like this."
Reverend Simon Cronk, from St Michael and All Angels in Hughenden, said he thinks it is an excellent event- full of life and joy and a great way to get everybody together. Chris Hatt, who worships at St Andrew’s Church in Hatters Lane, said: "It is beautiful weather and there is a blend of different people. Everyone is in good spirits and upbeat and positive. It is like a little mini festival."
Nana Annoh Otchere, who goes to House of Refreshing Ministries who worship at the Royal British Legion in High Wycombe, said: "I think it is good for all the churches to come together. We all worship the same God. There are a lot of kids here too. It is great to spread the word of the gospel."
High Wycombe MP Steve Baker, who goes to Speen Church, told the crowds: "I am in politics to try and make a positive difference to other people’s lives. I believe very strongly all politicians are in politics to try and make a positive difference to other people’s lives."
He talked about CAP and how it is trying to help people get out of debt.
Mr Baker added: "Jesus said we could have life and we would have it to the full. I believe it is our duty as Christians who love one another to go out and lift people out of debt and help them live that life."
Go to www.lovewycombe.org.uk.
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