Churchgoers gather questions for God in survey

Glen is pictured asking questions on the streets of Eastbourne
Glen is pictured asking questions on the streets of Eastbourne

IF YOU could ask God one question, what would it be?

That’s the question being posed by the town’s churches which are conducting a survey of the town’s spiritual beliefs.

People across the town will be asked the question through churches, schools, online and on the streets. Churches of different denominations are equipping their members as market researchers taking the survey to friends and neighbours, and already the website, askeastbourne.com, is displaying more than 100 questions with many more being asked in person.

Some of the responses online are humorous, some are anguished. One person asked, “What are tonight’s lottery numbers?” and another wrote, “Why did you take my baby from me before I got to hold my bundle of joy?”

Glen Scrivener, a minister and evangelist in Eastbourne, said, “People have serious questions and we want to take them seriously, because God takes them seriously. There are many questions asked in the Bible, some of them are very angry, and God’s big enough to handle that.”

Bishop Wallace Benn, a key figure behind the survey, said, “We’ve all got questions for God – Christians and non-Christians alike. It will be fascinating to see which issues lie closest to our hearts and minds in the town.”

The results of the survey will be collated and the three most popular questions will be discussed at the Winter Garden on March 27, 28 and 29 when Bishop Wallace and other ministers from the town will tackle the top three issues which Eastbourne has raised.