Counting down to a Bible marathon for anniversary

MARATHONS of a different kind will be taking place in the next few days, but you won’t need to break in to a sweat to take part.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, both Middle Rasen Church and Market Rasen New Life churches have organised some long reading events.

To start, on Saturday, October 22, there will be a Bible reading marathon at Middle Rasen Church from 10am-10pm with as many volunteers as possible taking turns to read, either from the King James Version or a more modern translation as preferred.

Then on Sunday, which is also Bible Sunday, the Rev David Post intends to read Revelation from 9am to just before the 10.30am service at Middle Rasen.

He will then continue with a further reading session from 2pm-7pm, with a half-hour tea break from 5pm-5.30pm.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear large sections of the Bible which you may never have heard before,” said Mr Post.

“So do come and listen for as long as you can. You will enjoy it – and be surprised!

“I wonder if anyone can rise to the challenge to listen for the full 18 hours?

“You could even make it a sponsored listen to raise funds for Bible Society and Scripture Union. Donations are invited.”

Meanwhile in Market Rasen the half-term holiday has provided space for young people to be involved in a 12-hour Bible marathon in the town’s Salvation Army Centre, from 9am-9pm on Monday, October 24.

As well as reading out loud 100 passages from the Bible, the young people will be involved in creative art, quizzes and watching some short inspirational DVD clips about the world’s best-selling book.

“Adults are very welcome to drop in at any time during the day,” said event organiser Rhona Sheppard, Market Rasen New Life’s Church Youth Development Worker.

“We hope it will be a really inspirational day for everyone.”

Anyone aged seven-18 interested in participating in this free event for all or part of the day should contact Rhona on 01673 843179 or at New Life Church Office 849941.