There were tractors big and small to celebrate the harvest at Worcester Cathedral! Children and adults were able to find out more about farming, sit in a tractor and have a go at racing remote-controlled tractors ahead of this year’s County Harvest Festival. And a ‘little grey Fergie’, then drove into the Cathedral to join the service itself, alongside gifts from the Worcestershire Young Farmers.

driving the tractor out of the cathedral

Tractors outside the Cathedral included a crop sprayer and a brand new John Deere, as well as the little grey Fergie. There was local apple juice to sample and visitors were entertained by Worcester City Brass.

tractor in the cathedralThe Revd Phillip Jones, part of the Chaplaincy for Agriculture and Rural Life which has organised the event said: “The aim of the event was to help better connect people with farmers and all those people who do such an important job to provide what we take for granted on the shelves of our shops. Agriculture has such a vital role in providing for our daily needs and in shaping our countryside. Harvest-time is an opportunity to remind ourselves of this and to celebrate the hard work of all those who make this possible and to give thanks to God for the wonder of creation.”

The Church of England’s National Rural Officer, Canon Dr. Jill Hopkinson, gave the address in the service. She said: “At this time of year, farmers take a step in faith. And we trust them to do this as without the farmers’ dedication, someone, somewhere will go hungry. In today’s society, there is a huge disconnect between the producer and the consumer with an emphasis on getting food at the least cost. When food is bought cheaply, it becomes a disposable commodity – the UK alone wastes seven million tonnes of edible food every year. It is often the farmers and growers who bear the true cost of not valuing food.”

bringing up harvest gifts

During the Harvest Festival service there was a procession by Worcestershire Young Farmers, who brought various gifts to the altar. Prayers were offered focussing on the concerns of a range of organisations involved in farming and rural life and there were harvest hymns of thanks as well as music from the Cathedral Choir.

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The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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