Praise on the beach this Bank Holiday weekend

'Beside the Lake', an open-air service of thanksgiving, returned to the beach of Semerwater in Raydale on Bank Holiday Sunday.  

Accompanied by Hawes Silver Band, the theme of ‘Joy and Hope in Jesus Christ’ was shared with the crowd who gathered on land and on the water in the Wensleydale scenery. 

Readings were taken from Psalm 103 and Isaiah 40: “Those who Hope in the Lord shall renew their strength.” 

A ‘Praise Shout' has been a regular feature of the outdoor event along with singing and a practical prayer activity, featuring the pebbles on the shore, before a rousing finish, singing 'I'll go in the strength of the Lord.' 

Refreshments were then served in the church of St Matthew's in Stalling Busk where everyone could appreciate the celebration of colour in the village's flower festival. 

The Revd Dave Clark, Incumbent of the Upper Wensleydale benefice, said: "It's so good to be able to return and celebrate in this way once again!

“When the news seems to be so dark and gloomy, it's important to remember that we can always find Hope and Joy in the presence of Jesus."

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