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Retford Pilgrims Festival 2018 - Illuminate Service
Tuesday, 20 November 2018,  6.00pm
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Location

St. Swithun's Church, Retford
1 Chapelgate,
RETFORD
DN22 6PL

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Illuminate Pilgrims Festival 2018 - Illuminate Service

In association with Bassetlaw District Council

St. Swithun's Parish Church, Retford
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 6pm for 6.15pm start.

The Illuminate Lantern Parade arrives at St. Swithun's Parish Church at around 6pm.

This is followed by a commemoration service at 6.15pm to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 2020, including a Children's service, performances by the Drama Group at the Elizabethan School, Katie Green's Imagination Museum and local choir, the Songbirds.

This will be followed by the now traditional Illuminate festival of light '400' photograph - an outdoor 'aerial' photograph of the service-goers holding candles and grouped together in the shape of '400'.

Light refreshments will be served inside St. Swithun's after the photograph.

 

'Illuminate' is so-named due to the significance and origin of the word 'light' which came from a quote by Austerfield-born William Bradford, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims who later became Governor of Plymouth Plantation: “‘…just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many”.  Bradford's words are open to interpretation in several ways - perhaps they are a metaphor for the Mayflower being a catalyst for the development of modern America (not that he would have realised this) or, perhaps more likely, 'one candle' symbolising freedom and tolerance which he and his co-pilgrims aspired to.  It could also refer to the Native American Wampanoag people, who are sometimes referred to as ‘People of the First Light’.

Pilgrims Festival retford lantern parade and performances poster

Illuminate Pilgrims Festival 2018 - Illuminate Service

In association with Bassetlaw District Council

St. Swithun's Parish Church, Retford
Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 6pm for 6.15pm start.

The Illuminate Lantern Parade arrives at St. Swithun's Parish Church at around 6pm.

This is followed by a commemoration service at 6.15pm to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims in 2020, including a Children's service, performances by the Drama Group at the Elizabethan School, Katie Green's Imagination Museum and local choir, the Songbirds.

This will be followed by the now traditional Illuminate festival of light '400' photograph - an outdoor 'aerial' photograph of the service-goers holding candles and grouped together in the shape of '400'.

Light refreshments will be served inside St. Swithun's after the photograph.

 

'Illuminate' is so-named due to the significance and origin of the word 'light' which came from a quote by Austerfield-born William Bradford, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims who later became Governor of Plymouth Plantation: “‘…just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many”.  Bradford's words are open to interpretation in several ways - perhaps they are a metaphor for the Mayflower being a catalyst for the development of modern America (not that he would have realised this) or, perhaps more likely, 'one candle' symbolising freedom and tolerance which he and his co-pilgrims aspired to.  It could also refer to the Native American Wampanoag people, who are sometimes referred to as ‘People of the First Light’.

Pilgrims Festival retford lantern parade and performances poster


illuminate-pilgrim-festival-2017-event.jpg

Location

St. Swithun's Church, Retford
1 Chapelgate,
RETFORD
DN22 6PL




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