Bishop Martin has his face painted with children at a county Show Church of England marquee.

More than 2,000 visitors are expected at the Church of England Suffolk Show marquee this year as Bishop Martin hopes for a record-breaking number of families enjoying children’s activities, face painting, live music and puppets.


Bishop Martin at Suffolk Show

Bishop Martin Seeley with Olivia Lavery, aged four, from Framlingham.

The Church marquee, on Flower Show Avenue as usual, tradestand White 690 next to Adnams Beach Eats on June 1 and 2 in Ipswich, offers free refreshments and the chance to engage with life’s “Big Questions” through videos of people across the county asking their own questions.

The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: "Our tent has been buzzing with activity, full of people of all ages. There is a lovely and upbeat, energetic atmosphere. 
"I hope families will make a connection with the warmth of the welcome here and the liveliness, connecting with what the Church offers."

Helen Woodroffe, children's officer for the Diocese, said she expects 1000 children at the Church of England marquee through the two days for face painting and craft activities.

Two-year-old Philip and four-year-old Olivia Lavery, from Framlingham, had their faces painted as a tiger and butterfly. They said they loved seeing tractors and helicopters, but having their faces painted was a highlight.
Bishop Martin, at the county show for the second time as he completes his first full year as Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese which incorporates most of the county, sees the event as a magnificent showcase for a wonderful county.

A live panel are engaging at the marquee with challenging issues and encourage visitors to the tent to do so too. Issues like “Why can life seem so unfair?” “If God is love, why do bad things happen?” and “Why is there child cancer?” are being discussed.
Bishop Martin with children at
The Bishop hopes to exceed last year's record 2000 visitors to the tent, including 1,000 children.

The Church of England is involved every year in the two day event, as an opportunity to show just some of the ways that Christians in towns and villages right across Suffolk are helping their neighbours. 
 

Bishop Martin Seeley with butterfly face girl and Spiderman, George aged 7 and Eleanor Roberts, aged 5 from Braziers Wood, Ipswich.

 

Pictures by Keith Mindham.
 

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