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79 hours of Bible readings celebrate 1,000 years of worship

by Hannah Tooley

St Michael's in Church in Warfield has been celebrating 1,000 years of worship by performing and reading passages from the Holy Book.

The event began on Wednesday and concluded on Saturday evening.

Organiser Chris Taft told Premier why they did it.

He said: "We're celebrating 1,000 years of the church in Warfield, and we're just doing all that we can to make this a really special celebration.

"It just feels like doing this, reading the Bible, is the one thing that we all know over this 1,000 years hasn't changed."

Chris Taft said that people could feel the celebration was something different: "The whole Bible is so powerful and that's the thing that we're seeing.

"Everyone as they come through the door is feeling the power of what is going on, and it's clear as soon as you arrive that something really special is happening."


Bible Live featured performances and readings and Rev Janet Taft spoke to Premier's Inspiration Breakfast when the challenge began and said: "We're doing it throughout the day and night, and we've got about 200-300 people signed up, so we've got hour long slots.

Chris Taft went on: "We heard a live group doing Jobe in character roles... we heard Lamentations with a recorder being played in the background, so people can actually do - as long as they read the word as it's written - what they'd like to do."

The Bible is made up over around 800,000 words, written in 66 chapters and was read in the Medieval church alongside specially made displays showing the history of the Bible.

Listen to Premier's Hannah Tooley speak to Chris Taft here:

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