Graffiti Prayer Board a hit at the Bath and West Country Festival

7th September 2021

Church Tent at the Bath and West Show

After 18 months of uncertainly, with the Royal Bath and West Show having been cancelled in 2020, over the August bank holiday weekend, a different and scaled down Bath and West Country Festival took place at the showground. Although there were parts of the traditional show missing, lots of trade stands, food and entertainment was on offer for people of all ages.

The Church Tent was positioned on the main lawn near the bandstand. Due to a slightly smaller tent being available and wanting to be Covid safe, the team opted to focus on welcome and hospitality. They turned the space into a café offering free tea, coffee and squash. With no children’s area, the base of the cross positioned outside the tent was turned into a graffiti prayer board. Throughout the weekend, show goers were invited to write their prayers on the blackboards. They were encouraged to write prayers for the world and for people, to consider hope and to be thankful. It caught people’s attention, with many passers by stopping, reading and reflecting. Toddlers used the chalk to scribble, while others added their own artistic touches, while others wrote personal prayers.

Many people visited the church tent over the weekend, taking the opportunity to have a drink, chat with the team and reflect on the last year.

Go Team Adviser, Cheryl, part of the Bath and West Church Tent team said:

“It was great to see so many faces over the three days, we chatted to people of all ages and really enjoyed seeing people’s reactions and responses as they engaged with the prayer graffiti wall. It was great to be back at the show and we look forward to being a part of whatever happens in 2022”.