Cheshire show 2013

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undefinedA ‘parish' of 80,000 people will spring up this summer in the Cheshire countryside – complete with bishops, archdeacons, a chaplain, at least eight clergy and team of around 25 lay people. The key people will be based in the big tent featured in the centre of our PICTURE.

That, in effect, will be what will happen during the Cheshire Show, writes the Revd Anne Lawson, chaplain to the Cheshire Agricultural Society  and Vicar of Haslington and Crewe Green.

Over two days from the evening of Monday 17 June until the evening of Wednesday 19 June around 80, 000 people will descend on the showground at Tabley near Knutsford to celebrate, compete and find out about rural life.

Courtesy of the Cheshire Agricultural Society, the Church is very much at the heart of the show. The opening event on the Monday evening is a church service. Each day begins with worship when a Holy Communion is held at 8am.  Another service takes place at 2pm on the two days of the show.

Bishop Robert will preach at the opening service and Archdeacon Ian preside at the 8am Tuesday communion this year. David Bell, the diocesan Children’s Advisor and his team provide children’s activities throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday. There will also be demonstration sessions of ‘Open The Book’ the  Christian education project for schools on both days.

Our ‘Church at the Show’ marquee will be close to the bandstand at the centre of the Rural Life section of the show.  It  will be staffed by around 30 Christians, lay and ordained from around the county. Some of them represent other denominations.

As well as giving opportunity to showcase all that is good about church life, the marquee provides a place of rest and refreshment.

Please pray for me in my first year as chaplain and for the other members of the ‘Church at the Show’ team as we provide worship and ministry to this extraordinarily large ‘parish’ of 80,000 people.

Below, the Revd Anne Lawson – looking forward to the big Cheshire Show