'On the walls around the temple, in both the inner and outer rooms, he carved cherubim, palm trees and open flowers.' 1 Kings 6:29
Report on the 2016 Flower Festival
June seemed to come so quickly to us at busy Mount Carmel church this year. Most of us seem to be so involved with pre-Messy Church planning, that the Flower Festival was suddenly upon us.
At a meeting of all the participating organisations and churches hoping to take part this year, we decided not to have one universal theme, but let each organisation choose their own. We decided on the theme of “Simple Pleasures”. Everyone needs a hobby or pastime to de-stress in today’s busy world. So we chose our own simple pleasures to illustrate with flowers.
We are so glad to be able to take part in this annual festival funded by Caerphilly Town Council. It brings many visitors into Caerphilly, and many people into the nine churches taking part. Some of these people probably never enter a church throughout the year, so it is so good to converse with them when they are looking at the floral displays. However, I did not think there were so many visitors this year probably because there was a Military march and display on in the town, and a Welsh “Ffiliffest” in the castle that day.
We ourselves were pleased by our displays. These included floral arrangements on the hobbies of Genealogy, Fishing, Visiting the Theatre, Art, Choral singing, Bird watching, Gardening, Rambling, Doing Puzzles, Reading, Sport and Ballet dancing. Our Art Group also added to the occasion with a plethora of paintings relating to simple pleasures.
Our finale to the festival was our “Songs of Praise” on Sunday. Quite a lot of visitors joined us to celebrate the wonderful world God has created and the vast amount of simple pleasures we can enjoy. Our church choir always seem to excel themselves on these occasions, and we were so glad to have an extra tenor with Clive, the Church Facilitator during the pastoral vacancy at our Church, joining us.
Soon we will be dismantling all these displays, but I am sure some of these flowers will be given as bouquets to house-bound people. The fellowship we have as we all work together, and the fellowship we have enjoyed when visiting other churches, all give praise to God, and makes the effort so worth-while.
What will 2017 bring?
Marjorie Gray June 2016
In 2017 the theme was literature and well known stories were the subject of the displays.
An appropriate topic for the area - HOW GREEN WAS MY VALLEY
DANIEL IN THE LIONS DEN