Posted by Will on 3rd April 2023
I am excited to share with you a wonderful celebration that took place recently in our community.
As many of you know, we are developing a Nations team with individuals who are either from different nations or have a heart for other Nations.
The aims of this team are to celebrate other cultures with passion and energy, ensure that our church is a welcoming, warm and hospitable place where everyone feels comfortable to find home, and finally, to seek God to reach out to others in our community.
Recently, we held a fantastic Iranian Nowruz celebration with members of our gathering, our Nations team, and local Iranian people. Negar kindly and wonderfully hosted the event, with a traditional Iranian meal and a special celebration.
Nowruz is the Persian New Year and is celebrated by people of Iranian descent all over the world. We had the most amazing feast of lamb, rice, and slow cooked aubergines. We learned about the traditional Nowruz table and its contents.
Pooria, shared with us his experience of growing up in Iran and what this celebration meant to him. We then prayed for Iran and its people. After the meal, the Iranian dancing commenced with music, fun and laughter. The gathering was a beautiful mix of different cultures, flavours, colours and languages. There was such freedom in the room. People laughed, had fun, and ate together.
It was a truly special time, and it reminded us of the importance of embracing different cultures and learning from one another. We plan to hold an African 'carnival style' celebration in the near future, and we cannot wait to experience more diverse and fun celebrations together as a community.
Do look out for future events, we send booking links out that tend to book up fast, but we warmly welcome you to our next one!
If you have a heart for another country or are interested in another culture, we would love to welcome you on our team. Simply get in touch with Will!
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