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Festival Churches

Churches that want to continue as places of worship, but don’t have the personnel, resources or regular congregation to have the level of worship and prayer of a Community Church. They will still need enough budget to pay a share contribution to be part of the active church family of the diocese, and they will need lay officers of their own or shared with other churches. They may be open for private prayer, used for a variety of community purposes, offer baptisms, weddings and funerals as part of their LMP, and may be a location for special “festival” events – harvest, carols, songs of praise, mission activities. The status is not permanent – if resources and will and need increase they can return to a fuller life. Local people may seek worship and fellowship in other nearby churches.