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Church members ‘bomb’ Bishop's Stortford with love and flowers




A group of around 15 women spent three hours last Friday carefully crafting 200 bouquets at Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church ready to be distributed across the town.

It is hoped the posies will bring joy to their finders.

They were created as part of two celebrations – to mark the start of Love Stortford, a collaborative week-long project by Churches Together, and to commemorate the Baptist church’s 200th anniversary.

Julie Pollard, a member of the Baptist church, came up with the idea to create the ‘lonely bouquets’ for the town, and Mary Scales, another member of the congregation, set up everything for the volunteer florists. The duo were joined by women from various Stortford churches.

Attached to each little bouquet is a message, inviting the finder to take it home, along with a short poem: “Jesus’ love for you has inspired me to give you a bouquet, to bring a smile to your face and brighten your day.”

This gesture of goodwill ties in with the overarching Love Stortford project, which is co-ordinated by CZ Design & Print boss and committed Christian John Barfoot.

Baptist Church, Bishops Stortford. Launch of Love Stortford.Cllr Norma Symonds (mayor) with members of BS Churches together. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (12107729)
Baptist Church, Bishops Stortford. Launch of Love Stortford.Cllr Norma Symonds (mayor) with members of BS Churches together. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (12107729)

Throughout the week, more than 350 people will seek to take “the love of God” to the community. Stortford mayor Cllr Norma Symonds launched the event at the Baptist Church Centre on Monday evening.

All events are focused around carnival day on Saturday (June 15), but goodwill will be spread throughout its run-up, in the form of litter picks, random acts of kindness and a project to spruce up Market Square.

Free hot drinks will be given to shoppers during market day today (Thursday).



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