On June 26th and 27th 2010, Hall Lane Methodist Church held a Scarecrow Festival with the theme of ‘Stories of the Bible’.
Months before the event a list of stories from both the old and new testament was drawn up and church members and friends of Hall Lane agreed to host a scarecrow story in their front garden and/or to create the scarecrow itself. Other local groups joined in too, including Whitwick Cubs, Whitwick Youth Club and Capers Hairdressers.
Stories chosen for the scarecrow trail included ‘Adam and Eve’, ‘Moses’, ‘David and Goliath’, ‘Parable of the Sower’, ‘Woman at the Well’ and ‘Fishers of Men’ - 35 stories in all. Some stories were well known and others less so, but our programme for the weekend gave an explanation for each one.
On the weekend itself there was not just a scarecrow trail around the estates surrounding the church, we also held a summer fair to add to the fun.There was a coconut shy, games, stalls including crafts and plants and a brass band.The sun shone and it was very hot all weekend but everyone still managed to keep dancing at the barn dance on Saturday night.
Sunday morning was when we held our open air service led by Rev Lynda Coates and included a chat with our puppets Sam and Rachel.During the afternoon our summer fair continued as did the refreshments, and the weekend finished with a service of Holy Communion, again led by Rev Lynda Coates.