The Church Supports the Farming Community in the Current Economic Crisis

Kircubbin Presbyterian Church, Co Down Photo: Billy Maxwell

With growing uncertainty facing farmers and their families, the church’s rural chaplaincy panel will seek to address some of the pressures at an evening gathering in the hall of the Rathfriland Young Farmers’ Club on Sunday November 20 (7 p.m.).

There will be a spiritual theme to the evening which will involve speakers from the Rural Support Organisation, the Christian Union of Health and Safety Executive and the Presbyterian Rural Chaplaincy panel.

The Reverend John Torrens, panel member and minister of Second Saintfield Presbyterian Church, who will speak at the event, said it was an important and timely initiative.

“As a minister in a rural community, I know these are difficult and worrying times, especially for farmers and their families.

“With that in mind, we wanted to hold an event, which was a different kind of worship service, while also being a time of fellowship and fellowship where people could be encouraged, given information and talked.

“Throughout the evening there will be a clear and holistic focus on physical, mental and spiritual well-being, and the support available to those who live and work in our rural communities.”

Mr Torrens said the evening was not just for farmers, everyone was welcome.

“As I will speak about Psalm 49 and where we seek support and gain comfort in difficult times, I look forward to contributions from our partners for the event – ​​rural support organizations and the Christian Union by HSENI.

“I also look forward to hearing from William Sayers, who at the age of 12 in 1990 survived a serious farm accident which resulted in the loss of his right arm. He will talk about the help that his Christian faith brought him.”

The Reverend Kenny Hanna, rural chaplain of the Presbyterian Church. will also be present. Mr Hanna, a former minister of the Second Dromara Presbyterian Church, works in four of the denomination’s 19 regional presbyteries – Armagh, Down, Iveagh and Newry, involving 100 congregations. It focuses directly on the farmers and farming families who work and live in Co Armagh and part of Co Down.

The primary function of Mr. Hanna’s role is to provide chaplaincy service to rural and agricultural communities, supporting congregations in their local environment, while prioritizing pastoral and spiritual needs associated with geographic and social isolation. of those working in rural/agricultural areas. food sectors.

“There has been a huge increase in the cost of living for everyone. Farmers have seen a 200% increase in the cost of feed and fuel, and a 300% increase in the cost of fertilizer, adding to daily pressures.

“By talking to farmers and agribusiness players, they confirm that things are strained and we want to shed light on this situation,” said Mr Hanna, who grew up in a farming background in Kilkeel.

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