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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Hope Springs Eternal for North Bristol Churches

The May Bank Holiday weekend sees hundreds of volunteers from north Bristol churches working in partnership with local residents on a range of community projects and outreach events in Southmead, Manor Farm, Lockleaze and Horfield.

Projects include:
  • rubbish and litter clearance in public spaces
  • free banquets for over 80 senior citizens on Sunday afternoon
  • free kids' clubs on Saturday and Monday morning
  • sports activities for young people every afternoon in numerous locations
  • community fun afternoons on Horfield Common (Saturday), Gainsborough Square (Sunday) and Glencoyne Square (Monday).

Monday afternoon sees an end-of-noise celebration at 4.45 at Glencoyne Square Southmead followed by a Bar-B-Q, which , in keeping with the theme of the weekend, is also free.

Participating churches included the new Community Church, which has recently relocated from Westbury on Trym to the Greenway Centre in Southmead, Ebenezer Church Filton Avenue Avenue, Woodlands Church in Clifton and St Stephen's Southmead.

The Noise is a national initiative which has been running in Bristol for 7 consecutive years. Its website describes the aim of the Noise as "showing God's love in practical ways".

The Noise is part of a wider year-long national project - Hope 08 - which aims to focus hundreds of local churches on outreach and community service in their localities.

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