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On this page you will find information, ideas and resources related to farming festivals and the farming year, Farming Support, Fishing and Food Awareness Days to help with sharing messages about local food production and various farming issues

 

Farming Festivals and The Farming Year

Plough Sunday - Sunday after Epiphany

Plough Sunday is a traditional English celebration of the beginning of the agricultural year that has seen some revival over recent years. Plough Sunday celebrations often involve bringing a ploughshare into a church with prayers for the blessing of the land. It is traditionally held on the Sunday after Epiphany, the Sunday between 7 January and 13 January.

Further Info and Resources

Services for the Year from Church of England Resource Times and Seasons

Plough Sunday service from DCRF resource pages

Plough Sunday Service from Arthur Rank Centre

 

Lambing / The Good Shepherd - April

Perhaps a service on a farm, organising a visit to a lambing shed if the farmer can cope? Or a children's service to connect the stories of the Good Shepherd to the world around.

Lambing Service from Arthur Rank Centre

Rogationtide - May

Links to resources:

Rogation Service from DCRF Resource Pages

Rogation Sunday Idea from DCRF Resource pages

Rogation Service from Arthur Rank Centre

 

Agricultural Shows - May to September

We are blessed with many agricultural shows taking place in villages and small towns, in the regional parts of our county as well as the Dvon County Show itself. These are joyful and celebratory events - a chance to celebrate the good and leave at least some of the worries behind for the day and are a highlight of the year for many farmers, growers and others in our communities. Many churches - often ecumenically - often host acts of worship, offer cream teas and other hospitality, and also support some of the farming agencies present such as FCN. 

Lammas Day - Loaf Mass - August 1st

Lammas celebrates the first fruits of the harvest, as distinct from harvest festival when we celebrate the harvest "safely gathered in". It lends itself to a service on a farm or in church - perhaps with bread making activities for children and families to present, bless - and eat? - in the service. 

Lammas - The Arthur Rank Centre

https://www.devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk/resources-for-churches/liturgies-and-prayers-for-rural-communities/farming-festivals/lammas-day-service.php

Praying through the Celtic year - Lughnasadh (faithandworship.com)

Lammas.pdf (anglican.org)

Farming Support

Farming Health Awareness Week - 22nd to 25th February 2022 - 2023 dates to be confirmed when known

Ideas: Advertise farming support charities on church noticeboards, develop awareness of farming health in pastoral care teams, publish an article in the parish mag, ask the FCN to give a talk, speak in a service or arrange some training for your church.

https://www.farminghelp.co.uk/

https://fcn.org.uk/

Addington Fund

Forage Aid - Emergency animal feed and bedding

Awareness Raising - Farming and the Environment

Open Farm Sunday - 11th June 2023

Organised by LEAF - from their website

"LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, man­aged by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing), is one of the farm­ing industry’s biggest suc­cess sto­ries. Since the first Open Farm Sun­day in 2006, over 1600 farm­ers across the UK have opened their gates and wel­comed over 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple onto farms for one Sun­day each year.

It is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty for every­one, young and old, to dis­cov­er at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fab­u­lous work they do pro­duc­ing our food, enhanc­ing the coun­try­side and all the goods and ser­vices farm­ers provide.

Each event is unique based around the farm’s indi­vid­ual sto­ry. Activ­i­ties dur­ing the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, trac­tor and trail­er rides, demon­stra­tions, pond dip­ping, activ­i­ties for chil­dren, a mini farm­ers mar­ket or farm shop"

Arrange a service on a farm, and / or a visit, work with participating farmers to advertise events, help organise hospitality on the day?

Homepage - Open Farm Sunday

 

 

 

Farming Health Awareness Week 22nd to 25th February 2022 - dates for 2023 to be added when available

 

 

 

Advertise resources on church noticeboards, develop awareness in pastoral care teams, publish an article in the parish magazine, ask the FCN to give a talk ...