The Celebration of Lammastide – August 2016
Lammastide is an ancient Christian festival which many village and farming communities have re-discovered in recent years. It is the festival at which the thanks is given to God for the start of the harvest and grain and bread are offered as a symbol of this thanksgiving.
On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at this time of year.
The Binsey Mission Community celebrated Lammastide with a special Lammas service in every Church in the Team on 7th August. Someone baked a loaf for each service and after giving thanks in the service the loaf was shared at the end of the service by all, with people taking some home to share with families too!
The Lammas loaf pictured was baked by Richard Downing of Bassenthwaite. This loaf was used to celebrate Lammastide at a Communion Service at St Bega’s Church, Bassenthwaite.