A harvest service with a difference took place at Binegar village on the Mendips at the weekend (Sunday, 27 September), when Rev. Capt. Richard Priestley, Beacon Trinity Churches held a drive in service complete with tractors.
The service took place on the parish’s two-acre field, the historic Binegar Fair Field, which adjoins Holy Trinity Church in Binegar.
Revd Richard says, “Due to pandemic restrictions we have not been able to have large services and could not accommodate our usual Harvest services in buildings so in order to guarantee social distancing we had a drive in service. This way we did not need to mark out the field but simply ask people to stay in their cars. We were also able to have the usual farmers present but some came in their tractors!
“It was organised at the last minute so we relied on Facebook and a few posters around the villages to get the word out so I would have been happy to get 20 cars, but we had over 50 in the end. There were about 100 adults and 20 children which was more than we would get at a traditional service. We also streamed it over Facebook and got some others viewing from the parish as well as from as far afield as Australia and America.”
Richard is hoping that a traditional service will be possible for next Harvest, but hasn’t ruled out a drive in Christmas service, Mendip weather permitting!