group members offer 'free hugs' to Burnham-On-Sea shoppers!
of several local churches gave 'free hugs' to surprised shoppers
in Burnham-On-Sea town centre on Saturday (May 12th).
Community Church joined up with the Gospel Tabernacle Church and
Poole Lighthouse Church for the outreach event in the High Street.
were offered a free hug 'to show the love of God' while children
and families were also invited to take part in craft activities.
free hugs generated a lot of interest and it was wonderful to see
so many smiles on people's faces," said one of the team, Becky
Goudie, from the Lighthouse Church, added: "Events like this
really brighten the mood and get people talking and it even generated
a few emotional tears! We heard from one lady who who hadn't been
hugged in 15 years."
Kelton Black, Minister of Highbridge's Gospel Tabernacle, said the
event had been a great success. "Many stopped and were encouraged
with the things we are doing," he said. "This event is
part of a weekend called 'Hope Encounter' where the churches share
with our communities that we care."
breakfast and short service is also being held today, Sunday May
13th, at 10am in Highbridge Community Hall in Market Street. And
an open mic music and evening with food is being held at St John
Ambulance Hall in Bank Street from 6-9pm this evening when all are