Lighting the darkness

Elder Paul Keeping entertains families as they roast marshmallows at the City Life Church's alternative Halloween night in Baffins, Portsmouth
Elder Paul Keeping entertains families as they roast marshmallows at the City Life Church's alternative Halloween night in Baffins, Portsmouth
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HUNDREDS of people headed to City Life Church at Halloween for an evening packed with fun and games, glow sticks and food.

A day which is believed by many to be the darkest each year was embraced by the Tangier Road church.

Parishioners entertained families as they enjoyed the atmosphere.

The Rev Dan Harman, 32, senior pastor of the church, is overjoyed with the growing popularity of the event and said it is great to meet new people.

He said: ‘This is a chance for us to welcome new people into the church and to build friendships across our community.’

The main focus of the evening was to show people that there is light on an evening which many Christians believe is dark.

Mr Harman added: ‘I think for many people, Halloween is about trick or treating, parties and having fun. We embrace what we believe to be an evil glorifying event as our chance to engage with the community and show that there is light in the darkness.’

Harrison Williams, 31, of Kimbolton Road, attended the event for its second year and praised the work of the church.

He said: ‘My kids love coming here and it has now become apart of our trick or treating routine. The team here are incredibly welcoming and it is evident these guys want to make a difference.’