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For all the saints

06 December 2013

AT THE time of their patronal festival at All Saints', Long Sutton, in Winchester diocese, saints are to be found lurking round the village. After the family communion service, the congregation is sent out on a treasure - or saint - hunt. They have a route to follow, and have to identify the saints (they are given plenty of clues, the Revd Kathy O'Loughlin says) as they go round. When, and if, they do, they are given a reward.

These three (above) had just found St Andrew, but St Cecilia gives out toy whistles, and St Patrick gives jelly snakes (the adults, however, are given Guinness, which makes him very popular).

It is the third year that they have done it, Mrs O'Loughlin says, and it is becoming a favourite tradition. "It's a great way of involving those who don't attend church regularly, giving them a sense of belonging in a fun way, and reminding people that, if the Church is to continue into the future, we need lots of people willing to be saints."

She adds that it is also interesting to watch the faces of passing motorists as they see a couple of medieval saints chatting to each other at the side of the road.

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