Report of stall at Greenbelt 2014

David Beattie who helped on the CEL/A Rocha stall at Greenbelt in August 2014 writes: 

 

greenbelt2014aI looked forward to Green belt this year with a mix of excitement and uncertainty.

I always do enjoy the Festival but this year we gathered in a new location. There was much more walking to do, but that meant you were not going to be disturbed by any vehicles.

I had travelled part the way by train and then got a lift in a friend’s car. Once tents were pitched we tried to learn the layout. You get some idea in the photo of the distance we had to walk.

CEL and A Rocha shared a stand in G-Source, with each of us emphasising the green part of being a disciple of Jesus. Most of my time was spent either on the stand or supporting the two Ruths ( Valerio and Jarman) as they did their various slots.

In Ruth Jarman’s case that also included busking (see below) .

I also made sure I went to the seminar about Palm Oil hosted by Traidcraft. You must check out their new cleaning products.

Michael Northcott was his usual challenging self in both the discussions I joined.

The only musician I heard was Jahmene Douglas. I’d never heard of him before, but his voice was amazing.

I also went on a morning stroll with some folk from a Forest Church. They shared how you could make string or even clothing from nettles, as well as make nettle soup or wine.
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Communion with thousands of others is always special but when then person leading is the daughter of Desmond Tutu it makes it even more so.

Being a birder, one thing I noticed was a stock dove slowly circling the congregation as we gathered, then perching on a gantry as we worshipped. It was as though the Holy Spirit was ensuring everything went in a way to glorify Father God.

The final day was a bit of a washout, but not in the Festival content. It reminded me of a Mahalia Jackson song, “ Didn’t it rain Children”. Dampened physically but not in spirit, we still had a great time on the stall. I had two great conversations with some folk. One said “ I’m a trained ecologist who wants to help but I’m not sure I’m a Christian” The other asked “ What has God got to do with the environment?”  I can’t remember what I said but they both went away happy. Already I am looking forward to next year.

 


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