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God and Chips…and puppets and cakes and a beatboxer!

What links Scooby Doo, Free Chips, a Pantomime Donkey and the King James Bible?

All this and more made up ʻThe Book of Lifeʼ event outside Seatonʼs Eyre Court Hotel last Friday (13 May). Over 100 people of all ages gathered for a fast moving celebration of the Bible and itʼs ongoing relevance today.

The Event was opened in style by David Craner Seatonʼs Town Crier. Church leaders from across the town then stepped up to the stage. Simon dʼAlbertanson and Gavin Tyte, took part in a Bible rap battle: Simon read the nativity story from the old English bible while Gavin responded with his own rap version that has been seen by thousands around the world via You Tube. Jeremy Trew and Linda Chester then took on the personas of ʻMr and Miss-conceptionʼ to perform the first in a series of short Bible myth busting dramas.

One of the highlights of the event was 4 songs performed by the Children of Seaton Primary School accompanied by their Music teacher Simon Lewis. The Messy Church children also performed a puppet show accompanied by a pantomime donkey. Later on Hayley Jones won £20 for coming first in a quiz where contestants had to decide whether popular phases were IN or OUT of the Bible. ʻIt was really fun, I canʼt believe I won!ʼ said and excited Hayley as she received her prize after the event.

With the aroma of freshly cooked chips wafting down the street, the event drew to a close with the account of Jesusʼ Feeding of the 5000 read in a number of translations ranging from the original Greek to ʻThe Street Bibleʼ Then finally it was time for the feeding of the 100+ as Mary Casey and the Freedom Café team served the crowd with free chips, hot from the fryers of Seatonʼs Fish Bar. ʻIt was lovely to see so many people eating laughing and having fun togetherʼ she said later. Meanwhile Michael Brown from the Gideonʼs gave away Bibles and other Christian books to people interested in finding out more about ʻThe book of life.ʼ
A huge thank you to The Eyre Court for the use of their garden, to Seaton Fish bar for delivering the chips right on cue and to local photographer Dave Shakleton.

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