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'There's opportunity to experiment': Church drive-in service to be held later this month in Lavenham




A Suffolk church is teaming up with a festival organiser to put on a drive-in service.

Graham Naylor, the united benefice of Lavenham with Preston St Mary, with the help of his friend John Hessenthaler, is putting on the church service on August 16, on Lavenham Playing Fields.

John, who knows Graham from working in the music industry, is running a drive-in festival over the same weekend by the Lavenham Pavilion, and offered the infrastructure up for the drive-in.

A drive in Church service is being organised in Lavenham on August 16th..Pictured: Graham Naylor (Licensed Lay Worker), Reverend Captain Paul Tyler (Curate at Lavenham Church) and John Hessenthaler (Concert Promoter) ..PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (38846279)
A drive in Church service is being organised in Lavenham on August 16th..Pictured: Graham Naylor (Licensed Lay Worker), Reverend Captain Paul Tyler (Curate at Lavenham Church) and John Hessenthaler (Concert Promoter) ..PICTURE: Mecha Morton.... (38846279)

The service will start at 1pm, and the public are welcome to attend the normal service at St Peter and St Paul's Church, in Lavenham, beforehand at 10.15am.

“There's a lot of negative around coronavirus and the restrictions, both as has happened with people not being able to hold proper funerals, people being isolated in lockdown, and those things continue of course, but as in many areas, we've seen a lot of good happening,” Graham said.

He added: “A big part of the event is just to bring the community together, or to give them the opportunity to get together.”

Graham and John worked together for years in the music industry.
Graham and John worked together for years in the music industry.

Graham said the response from Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike in Suffolk has been 'very enthusiastic' and they welcomed the challenges presented at these unprecedented times.

He said: "Their email to clergy basically said in this time of change and doing things differently there's opportunity to experiment, do things differently, and see what works and see what doesn't, and even failure is a learning opportunity."

Graham stressed his thanks to John for his 'generosity' and without whom the event could not have gone ahead.