Agricultural

 

Agricultural Chaplain  Rev'd Janet Nicholls Blessing Combine Harvester

This year I have been greatly encouraged by increased opportunities to provide a chaplaincy service to the farming community. The Agricultural Shows including Tendring, Orsett and the  Essex Young Farmers Show have proved good places to be a visible presence as well as Farmers Markets, Ploughing Matches and regular meetings of agricultural organisations. It continues to be a great privilege to visit and support farming families, walking alongside them in the love of Christ.

I am very grateful of the support from BBC Essex including interviews throughout the year and a regular feature recorded on a farm entitled ‘Faith on the Farm’. The Diocesan newspaper, ‘The Month’ and the national farming newspaper, ‘Farmers Weekly,’ have also written pieces on the Agricultural Chaplaincy this year.    These media opportunities have been invaluable in publicising the support available for farmers during these uncertain Brexit times.   I continue to work with other agricultural support agencies including the Royal Agricultural  Benevolent Institution and Farming Community Network (FCN) to ensure that practical and  specialist help can be accessed.

My mission this year has been to take God’s blessing  to our farmers as they work to produce our food.  Over 250 people who work in agriculture received God’s blessing in Plough Sunday services at Thaxted and Roydon and many others on their farms. It was a particular privilege to bless a farming family and their new combine harvester at the beginning of this year’s harvest!

I continue to enjoy a rich ministry of preaching in churches and speaking at meetings across the Diocese.     These invitations allow me to remind people to support our farming industry through their food sourcing and they give me the opportunity to assure the farming community that their Agricultural Chaplain prays for them every day.

 

Revd Janet Nicholls

Associate Diocesan Rural Advisor  and Anglican Agricultural Chaplain              

01371 851317  jicholls@chelmsford.anglican.org