Today, revellers start descending on Worthy Farm for the start of the 34th Glastonbury Festival.
Should any of the 175,000 festival-goers need a bit of time-out during the festivities, a team of over 70 volunteers from churches of all denominations across Somerset will be on hand to provide welcome, welfare and shelter at the Church Tent which is located above Big Ground camping, opposite the Pyramid Stage.
The Church Tent is open 24hrs-a-day during the festival. There is room for 120 people to sleep if they forget where they’ve pitched their tent, there is also free water, face painting and prayer.
Church Tent co-ordinator, Revd Chris North, Rector of Chilcompton and Downside with Stratton-on-the-Fosse in the Diocese of Bath and Wells is overseeing the operation this year and providing pastoral support for the volunteers as well as festival-goers.
Chris says, “Over a year of planning goes into organising the Church Tent, so its great to get on site and get set up. Just two hours since the gates opened and we’re already giving out water to dehydrated festival-goers. We’re here round the clock during the festival, offering welcome, welfare and shelter to anyone who needs it.”