St Mary’s is a beautiful church located at the top of the High Street in the lovely Georgian town and looked glorious lit up by candlelight.
The focus of the service centred on our Fields of Life “I AM Girl Campaign”, which aims to create girl-friendly school environments and see 25,000 girls and young women supported and nurtured within the Fields of Life school network by 2020. There were so many echoes within the service of the challenges facing a young mother Mary 2000 years ago.
The BART Benefice Worship Band performed a beautiful newly written song especially for the service by Gary Briley. As a father of a daughter he was moved to write “Cherish the Girl” having heard about the challenges facing young girls in Africa including gender equality, school drop out rates and menstrual hygiene taboos.
Refreshments were generously gifted by The Swan and our heartfelt thanks go to Nick Levantis and his team. Those attending the service thoroughly enjoyed the warming mulled wine and mince pies.
An amazing total of over £700 was raised which will go directly to ensure girls and young women in East Africa are treated with the dignity they are entitled to and are fully supported to achieve their full potential.
Our thanks are extended to Rev Green, Churchwardens, PCC and congregation of St Mary’s for their warm welcome and shared vision with Fields of Life.