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Ex-offender praises Dorset Mission Trade Fair

by Michael Ford last modified 02 May, 2013 05:25 PM

The Revd Paul Cowley, Executive Director of Alpha for Prisons, has praised church work done by hundreds of Christians across Dorset, saying “For me, it shows what just one person can do if they get along with God and they work together on things.”

Ex-offender praises Dorset Mission Trade Fair

The Revd Paul Cowley with the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings

He remarked, “I didn’t realise there were going to be that many people here... I thought it might just be a small gathering, but it’s amazing the amount of stalls and mission-based organisations, so I’m quite overwhelmed with it, really.”

His comments were made during a video interview with the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, at the Mission Trade Fair in St Nicholas Church Corfe Mullen on Saturday (24 November).

Click here for the full YouTube clip

Mr Cowley addressed an estimated gathering of 180 at the centre, likening them to ‘modern-day heroes of the faith’ because of the work they were doing.

Dr Kings said, “These comments of Paul's are really exciting. He is an inspirational figure. The Mission Trade Fair has been a huge encouragement to all of us- not only the sheer number and breadth of the projects, but also the spirit of those involved in them. If you think ‘Things have got to change’ then let’s change them, together. Let’s get involved.”


The ‘Mission Trade Fair’ was billed as a stimulating opportunity to share tried, tested and proven ideas, to inspire Christians to develop new connections with their communities, families, and people in need.
The 45 display stands and twelve workshops included topics such as ‘Credit Action’, ‘FoodBanks’, ‘Eco Church’ and ‘Poole Missional Communities'. 

YouTube clip 
Web Gallery 
Official Mission Trade Fair page [expired]
Paul Cowley's biography [expired]
The Alpha Course 
Bishop of Sherborne 
Social Responsibility 
Churches Together in Dorset

Further information
Contact Debbie Albery, Event Co-ordinator:
01202 659427,

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