Harvest service … in the Tesco car park

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undefinedOur churches in Congleton held their harvest festival in the car park at the town's main Tesco supermarket recently (pcitured). Instead of holding services in their church buildings, Congleton Team Parish decided to hold one big celebration on Sunday 6 October, starting at 11am in the car park.

Team Evangelist Heather Kemball explained the reasons: “We wanted to be outside and visible as part of Christ’s Church in Congleton for this big event. We are very aware that when we gather in our church buildings, we are largely invisible to the wider community. 

“Also we’d been considering ways of serving the local community in difficult economic times.  All of our churches (St Stephen’s, St Peter’s, Holy Trinity in Mossley ,and St John the Evangelist in Buglawton)  support the local Storehouse Foodbank charity set up a few years ago and co-ordinated by the local New Life Church.

"The Foodbank  distributes food items to local people in need. We thought as part of our harvest service we would give both church members and shoppers the opportunity to purchase an extra item and donate it beforehand or bring it to the service in the Tesco car park.”

Heather said of the event: “We did a rolling programme of 3 x 20 minute sets, so people could come and go. At its height we had a congregation of about 120 people.

“We had a fantastic time. The weather was warm and sunny, and all the arrangements went well. The staff at Tesco were wonderful. They provided hot drinks and bacon butties for those setting up the gazebos and sound system.”