A Letter from the Rectory

Church on Show 2018

Wensleydale Show
Saturday, 25 August 2018


Wensley Deanery and the local Methodist Circuits are again hosting Church on Show at the Wensleydale Show on the Saturday before Bank Holiday Monday.

The format follows the one adopted for the last several years. The Church About the Dale trailer, a marquee and an outdoor refreshment area will occupy the plot. This year’s challenge for children and young (and older) families is centred on the truth that Jesus feeds his people and there will be related craft and play activities. We will be giving away a free story book about the Feeding of the Five Thousand and there will be the opportunity for Tweets and a prayer tree. And, of course, free teas, coffees, bottled water and cake and biscuits will be served to Show visitors, whether or not they stick to physical refreshment or seek something more substantial.

Volunteers are invited to help out again this year and reimbursement of volunteer entry fees will be possible. Volunteer roles include setting up and clearing away on the Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday tea-time; inviting visitors into Church on Show (“Fishers”) and supporting them as they engage with the different activities (“Guides”); running the competition based on the foods in the Bible and supervising craft and play activities; preparing and serving refreshments; and welcoming and chatting to visitors as they take a rest from the exertions of the Show. A briefing for volunteer Fishers and Guides will be offered in a session on Saturday 11th August at St. Matthew’s (Leyburn) from 10.00am to 12 noon.

As ever Church on Show depends on your generous donations of home-made cakes and biscuits so that we can offer hospitality to the 1,000 or more visitors who visit our hospitality area. Cakes and biscuits can be delivered to the Show site on the Bellerby Road (just outside Leyburn) before the gates open to visitors at 10.00am or to Leyburn Vicarage (l’Anson Close, Leyburn, DL8 5LF) on the Friday evening or else they can be collected – just contact David Collingwood (email: davesc47@icloud.com / telephone (01677) 426057 or 077726 910134 to sort out collection arrangements.

There will be a gas-fired boiler to heat water for teas and coffee but in the interests of the health and safety of visitors and volunteers hot water is dispensed from pump action vacuum flasks. If local chapels or churches have any of these flasks which they are happy to lend to Church on Show this will be much appreciated – again, contact David Collingwood to arrange their collection and return.

We do hope to see many of you and your families and friends at the Show,  as visitors or volunteers or both.

Michael Hepper
Vicar of Leyburn, Area Dean of Wensley Deanery  Benefice