Celebrating Life Festival

Celebrating Life Festival - All Saints Church, Maidstone with a week-long programme from 21 June to 30 June, it includes a Caribbean night, an evening in conversation with Maidstone Crown Court judges, flower festival, music & more.

About this event

Starts: Friday 21 June 2024 2:00 PM

Ends: Sunday 30 June 2024 1:00 PM

At: All Saints Church, Mill Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YE

Organised by: All Saints Church

Full festival programme

Friday 21 June

  • 12pm Official opening of the festival. Led by Lady Colgrain, Lord Lieutenant of the County of Kent and Patron of the festival (invite only).
  • 2–6pm Flower Festival

Saturday 22 June 

  • 10am–2pm Community Cafe
  • 10am–6pm Flower Festival
  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 7.30pm ‘Magnificat’ by Bach, Rutter and Stanford. Maidstone Singers’ Summer Concert. Book tickets in advance by emailing: [email protected] 

Sunday 23 June

  • 10am Festival Eucharist. Led by the Revd. Canon and Prebendary Caroline Pinchbeck, Vicar of the Market Weighton Benefice and Rural Adviser in the Diocese of York. Followed by buffet lunch.
  • 10am–6pm Flower Festival
  • 1pm–3pm Community Cafe
  • 3.30pm Festival Sung Evensong. Led by the Very Revd. John Richardson.

Monday 24 June

  • 10am–2pm Community Cafe
  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 12.45pm–1.20pm Lunchtime Concert. Bryony Lang, professional soloist with the Munich Philharmonic Choir, and Philip Horley, Director of Liturgical Music and organist at All Saints Church.

Tuesday 25 June

  • 10am–2pm Community Cafe
  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 5.30–7.30pm Guilty or Not Guilty, Your Honour? Cheese and wine reception followed by the Very Revd. John Richardson in conversation with Maidstone Crown Court judges.

Wednesday 26 June

  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 12.45pm Schools’ Concert. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Aquila, the Diocese of Canterbury’s Multi Academy Trust.
  • 7pm Changes in society: the impact on Christian ministry today. Cheese and Wine reception with the Rt. Revd. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, and Neville Emslie, Director of Ministry in the Diocese of Canterbury, in conversation with the Very Revd. John Richardson.

 Thursday 27 June

  • 10am–2pm Schools’ Book Day with Maidstone LitFest. Maidstone schools join children’s author to celebrate storytelling and literature.
  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 5.30pm Caribbean Street Food Supper with steel band. Tickets £25 per person. Booking essential via Eventbrite. Bring your own drinks.

 Friday 28 June

  • 9.30am–2.30pm School Workshops. Archbishop Courtenay Primary School in workshop with artists, potters, musicians, story tellers and flower arrangers.
  • 12pm Noon Day prayers
  • ·       6.30pm Festival Dinner to Celebrate the Work of Mildmay Hospital. Mildmay Hospital is a provider of healthcare in East Africa and London for those living with end-of-life illness as a result of HIV, AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse. Tickets £35 per head (includes a glass of wine). Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Saturday 29 June 

  • 10am–2pm Community Cafe
  • 12pm Noon Day Prayers
  • 7.30pm Summer Concert with Boughton Monchelsea Community Choir and Maidstone Voices. Tickets £10 in advance [email protected] and on the door. Accompanied under 18s free.

Sunday 30 June

  • 10am Festival Worship. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of the Very Revd. John Richardson, followed by celebration hog roast lunch with extras!

1pm Quarter Bell Peal on All Saints Bells

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