First Wonder Day is wonderful success at Holy Trinity Church

THE public was keen to learn and explore as Holy Trinity, Stalybridge, hosted its first-ever Wonder Day.

More than 400 people, including MP Jonathan Reynolds, attended the day-long event which was completely free of charge.

Dr Gavin Merrifield, a research scientist who is a parishioner at Holy Trinity, put on the event, which explored our amazing world using the power of science.

He said: “I was very happy to report the day was a great success and feedback was overwhelmingly positive

“It was a very busy day but great fun and one that visitors and volunteers alike seem to have enjoyed and got a lot from.”

Visitors were able to take a tour of the solar system in a mobile planetarium, build a robot in an exciting Lego Mindstorms workshop and try out different activities in one of four science zones.

Dr Merrifield said: “Science is important to us all. It should excite people and be interesting, but most of all it should be experienced.

“As well as inspiring questions and wonder about the world around us, the day aimed to break down barriers that people might think exist between science and religious faith.

“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy science and what it can tell us about the world we live in.

“We aimed to leave you excited and inspired and wanting to go out and find out more.”

Dr Merrifield, who currently works as a research finance officer at Manchester University, said: “A lot of my public engagement work has been in the area of promoting better relations between science and Christianity.

“Part of that has been, on a smaller scale, bringing science experiments directly to different church audiences in the last couple of years.

“The Wonder Day is a much larger progression from that. A supportive church, enthusiastic vicar, and good timing has enabled this.”

Dr Merrifield is also a trustee and committee member of the Science and Religion Forum, a national organisation for academics involved in science and theology.

• To have a look at what happened on the day, go online: youtu.be/8A5qMHq484E

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