Get ready for a bumper crop of Zoom Harvest celebrations in Didcot, Oxfordshire, this weekend.

Juggling, tractor decorating, poetry and jazz will all be part of the community celebration which starts on Friday (Sept 25) at 7pm. The event has been organised by the Revd Debbie Lord, from All Saints’ Church. Debbie is working on a ‘faith and the arts’ style Fresh Expression in the Didcot area.

“The prayer is that along the way, as I and others listen out we can connect with a range of people for whom conventional church might be a difficult thing, and build a seeker-friendly group from there,” she says.

Until the 1950s, All Saints’ Church was in a village setting, surrounded by farms. While a more urban Didcot has developed since then, it is still surrounded by trees. So, a Harvest event seemed especially appropriate.

Guest presenters Stewart and Carol Henderson, who are regulars on the BBC, will host local stories, art, music and fun. There’ll be no real-life vegetable growing contest in lockdown, but there will be a display of photographs sent in by locals of their own home-grown produce. There’ll also be photographs of NHS thank-you tributes, made from flowers, fruit-and-veg.

Local clergy will demonstrate their juggling skills, along with others, in recorded performances using three or four pieces of fruit and/or veg, depending on ability levels. Others will send in photographs, along with their best number of catches to be in with the chance of winning a prize.

The fun continues on Sunday, (Sept 27) with a faith-related celebration of harvest.  A minimum donation of £5 is suggested, to raise funds for the South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance (SOFEA) which provides food for the vulnerable and training for employment for disadvantaged young people and the Didcot foodbank.

Send photos for inclusion in the event to didcotcreative@outlook.com  Register to take part here.