Greenbelt 2016

On the Sunday of the bank holiday, we were, as ever, taking part in a communion service in a field. But that isn’t where the differences end between this communion service and our typical service in the Wychwood benefice.  The Archbishop of Canterbury was participating in the service, though not leading – that was done by a group of children, in a move inspired by the Old Testament reading for that morning, ‘one day they will live in peace and a little child shall lead them’.  Add to that the fact that the sun was shining down on all 12,000 of us sharing in the communion and it becomes a pretty special thing to be part of. Here is a link to the liturgy from that morning for you to look at. The cantor response was a particular high point of the service, which was full of joy and hope.

Graham Stacey