A Harvest Festival with a difference!
This year parishioners at Clowne Parish Church are celebrating Harvest Festival in a new way – they are encouraging people to go plastic-free!
Rector, Bryony Taylor said,
“I’ve always struggled a bit with Harvest Festival having grown up in a town. It is a Victorian festival that we celebrate now with much nostalgia but it doesn’t always feel that relevant in these modern times when you can buy strawberries all year round! I realised that a way in which we can update our Harvest Festival for the 21st Century is to consider our impact upon the environment.”
We are living at a time of climate emergency. Our behaviours are now directly affecting people all around the world and closer to home. So this year, at St John the Baptist Church Harvest Festival people are encouraged to think globally and act locally by:
- Donating to the local food bank
- Sharing home grown produce (and tips on how to grow your own veg and plant flowers to attract bees)
- Praying for local farmers & producers
- Making a ‘plastic free pledge’
The church is working with local community group Plastic Free Clowne (part of the Surfers Against Sewage network of Plastic-Free Communities) and community group Friends of Clowne, Stanfree and Barlborough. After the family service at 11am on Sunday 22nd September there will be a Heroes and Princesses Litter Pick starting at 12noon at Clowne Community Centre. Following this we will gather back at Clowne Parish Church for a picnic from 1pm and free craft workshops to make wildflower seed bombs, beeswax wraps and more!
All are welcome to join in for some or all of the events on the day.
Notes for Editors
The Rector Bryony Taylor can be contacted for interview on 07960 735352 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Images below may be used in articles.
St John the Baptist Clowne, Church Lane, Clowne, S43 4AZ
Clowne Community Centre, S43 4PL