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Church in a tent for Glastonbury music fans

As the 34th Glastonbury Festival kicks into life today, a team of local chaplains and volunteers are on hand for pastoral support and more ...

As the 34th Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset kicks into life today, a team of local chaplains are on hand for pastoral support and more.

Should any of the 175,000 festival-goers need a bit of time-out during the festivities, a team of more than 70 volunteers from churches of all denominations across the county will be on hand to provide welcome, welfare and shelter at the Church Tent which is located above Big Ground camping, opposite the Pyramid Stage.

The Church Tent is open 24 hours-a-day during the festival. There is room for 120 people to sleep if they forget where they’ve pitched their tent, there is also free water, face painting and prayer.

Church Tent co-ordinator, Revd Chris North, Rector of Chilcompton and Downside with Stratton-on-the-Fosse in the Diocese of Bath and Wells is overseeing the operation this year and providing pastoral support for the volunteers as well as festival-goers.

Chris says, “Over a year of planning goes into organising the Church Tent, so its great to get on site and get set up. Just two hours since the gates opened and we’re already giving out water to dehydrated festival-goers. We’re here round the clock during the festival, offering welcome, welfare and shelter to anyone who needs it.”

You can follow the Church Tent during the festival on twitter @Church_Glasto or @OurCofE   or via the Church at Glastonbury on Facebook.

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