United Reformed Church prepares for Greenbelt Festival 2018

Not yet made plans for August Bank Holiday weekend? Now is the perfect time to get the weekend sorted.

Why? Because the Greenbelt Festival takes place at Boughton House, Northamptonshire, from 24 to 27 August 2018 – and the United Reformed Church will be there again as an associate partner.

The festival of arts, faith and justice has been running since 1974 and this year’s focus is on Acts of the Imagination. If you buy your tickets before midnight on 30 April, you will save £35 on the price of an adult weekend ticket. Visit here to find out about other savings.

The URC enjoyed a very successful partnership at last year’s event with the inviting theme of ‘More than Welcome’. This time round, the URC will have ‘Pilgrimagination as its theme.

Pilgrimagination complements the overall Greenbelt theme of ‘Acts of the Imagination’ and brings together the spirit of Walking the Way – the URC’s focus on lifelong Christian discipleship.  The URC’s theme also connects with the ten habits of the Holy Habits book, which applies Acts 2 for personal and community life today. It focuses on how hope depends on imagination, and how pilgrimage depends on hope.

Plans are in hand for a range of exciting activities, including: a ‘Pilgrimage’ themed tent area filled with a craft garden and space to create and add to a growing display of hand-made creative flowers, a series of intentional conversations exploring our 'Pilgrimagination' theme, and our popular treasure hunt around the festival site looking at different stages of life's journeys. 

KnittedFoodCalling all arts and craft enthusiasts

Can you knit, crochet, sew, paint, or use fabrics to make things? Do you know someone who does? Maybe you have a Knit and Natter group at your church, or perhaps you’d like to start one ...

As part of this year’s theme of ‘Pilgrimagination’, an army of arts and crafts fans are needed to help create a ‘garden’ and ‘path’ inside the takeaway with creatively made flowers.

Flowers of all shapes, sizes and fabrics are welcome. You may want to make flowers which hold a particular significance, such as poppies, forget me nots or daffodils. Leaves are also needed.

Links to websites with free patterns are also available. For crochet flower patterns, see examples one, two, three, four and five. For knitted flowers, see patterns one, two, three, four and five. For material flowers, see one, two, three and four. For paper flower patterns see one, two, three and four.

Please leave a length of wool/thread left at the back of each flower so it can be tied onto either a stick or mesh.

For further details about where to send completed items, email Linda Mead