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County Harvest Festival Service will celebrate our farming community

21st Sep 2022

The County Harvest Festival Service is taking place at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 25 September at 3.30pm. The service will celebrate the diverse range of farming that the county of Essex offers from city to countryside to coastline.

The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford will be preaching at the service. 

One of the highlights of the service is the opening procession, and this year leading in members of the farming community will be 'all creatures great and small' from Barleylands Fram. In a specially choreographed entry during the first hymn, the animals will be followed by tractors driven up the central aisle and Young Farmers with wheelbarrows! 

Harvest is a time to celebrate the work farmers do, this is particularly important this year with rising costs and challenging climatic conditions. Supporting sustainable local producers helps our economy and the environment. 

Speaking about the service, Diocesan Rural Adviser, The Revd Canon Janet Nicholls adds:

The County Harvest Festival provides a pause in this challenging agricultural year to come before God in thankfulness and prayer for the commitment of our farming community. The service also provides the opportunity for our farmers to showcase the vital work of the countryside in the heart of the city. There will be some agricultural surprises this year. Do come along to experience them for yourself!"

Anyone is welcome to attend; there are refreshments provided by Ceres Rural. 

Produce brought to the service will be used to support Soul Food, a meal provision project working from St Andrew’s Church in Halstead


More information 

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The The County Harvest Festival Service will also be livestreamed, a link will be posted on to the Chelmsford Cathedral website

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