Bishop gives his blessing to church-trail launch

THE Bishop of Chichester joined churchgoers, schoolchildren, parents and grandparents at the launch of a community project in Upper Beeding on Tuesday.

The launch of a special trail at St Peter’s Church was well attended and was hailed a great success by the Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS), which initiated the scheme.

The Rev John Challis said the launch had been ‘fantastic’.

“The key to it all was the fact that the children had written the questions, which was fabulous,” he said.

Bishop Warner and SDFAS chairman Penny Hill gave speeches before the children and their families set off around the church, either following the official trail or one of their own.

The Bishop looked at the children’s trails and answered a few of the questions, before everyone went to the church hall for refreshments.

Those who had successfully completed a trail were given Easter eggs as a reward.

Mrs Hill said hearing the Bishop speak had been ‘absolutely inspiring’.

“He gave it a great blessing,” she said.

“He’s such a marvellous speaker and was very encouraging.”