Witham: "Let us pray" - then lightning hits church

Church warden John Strange

Church warden John Strange

First published in News

A congregation avoided electrocution when their church was struck by lightning during Christmas Day mass.

The Revd Stephen Northfield had just uttered the words 'let us pray' when the bolt struck All Saints Church in Ulting, near Hatfield Peverel.

Fortunately it was protected by lightning conductors and there was no damage to the 11th century building or any harm to the 26 worshippers.

Mr Northfield, who had been reading Our Lord’s Summary of the Law at the 9am service, said: "I said 'let us pray', then bang."

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3:46pm Sat 5 Jan 13

OMPITA [UK] says...

It must have been something he said!
It must have been something he said! OMPITA [UK]
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11:05am Sun 6 Jan 13

brain1 says...

It must have been something he said!

Or Divine intervention was the lord sending a message to the congregation?
It must have been something he said! Or Divine intervention was the lord sending a message to the congregation? brain1
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