Over the last year, the churches of the East Trent Group in the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham have been exploring how they might draw on the opportunities offered by traditional rural and farming festivals. In 2019 we decided to get the Harvest Festival season off to a good start by holding a Lammastide service […]
‘We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, but it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand’ we sang heartily at the beginning of our annual Harvest Festival Celebration Service in the village chapel of Kirkheaton. The previous month we had received a wonderful blessing through our partners the United […]
In August 2018 I was appointed as the Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy’s first chaplain to young farmers. Coming from a farming family and married to a farmer’s son I’ve seen first-hand the day-to-day challenges faced by the farming community.
In many Old World wine growing countries, it is an established practice going back many centuries for wineries and vineyards to host a Blessing of the Vines or Blessing of the Harvest Festival. Today, clergy overseas are still actively invited to bestow a blessing for healthy vines and a fruitful harvest and offer thanks for […]
Interactive Harvest Talks These talks are suitable for use in a children’s talk or all-age worship service, or in a primary school assembly.
2018 has been a difficult year for many farmers (arthurrankcentre.org.uk/all-is-safely-gathered-in). As you prepare to lead worship go and speak to a local farmer about the harvest and consider inviting a farmer to speak at your service so people can hear more about what has been happening locally. There are some further resources for a time […]