All roads lead to Llanelwedd this week as the biggest agricultural show in Europe which annually attracts over two hundred thousand visitors takes place.  The ‘Royal Welsh’ brings together the best in the world of agriculture and has become a prestigious in its own right by attracting exhibitors from throughout Wales and beyond. The quality of competition is of the highest order and with sheep dog trials, sheep shearing competitions, falconry, and the added attractions of arts shows and crafts there is something for everyone Among the attraction this year are the Metropolitan Police activity ride and the RAF Hurricane and Spitfire display so it’s going to be quite a week!  Given ‘Royal’ status some years ago and with more visitors than ever before expected it’s no wonder that the Royal Welsh is the place to be this week.

Just to walk around the field and to meet up with those who we may not have seen since last year is in itself a lovely experience, add some good weather and the lovely setting of the Powys countryside and the mix is just right.  Such meetings can of course lead to something more.  With the finals of competitions arranged throughout the year by the various Young Farmers Associations many a romance has blossomed as common interests in farming and agriculture have been shared.  So much so that some have commented that marriages are not only made in heaven but at Llanelwedd as well!

It’s good to come together and to meet with friends old and new whatever the event. Jesus delighted in the company of all sorts of people.  His friendship extended to outcasts and so called sinners.  A crowd of five thousand were fed, he delighted in the company of children, so much so that a whole city came out to praise him with palms and songs of praise.  Every Sunday and sometimes in the week people come together in churches and chapels to meet as the family of God.  To worship and to share fellowship and friendship and to share the real joy of worship and to learn more about the love of Jesus.  That’s the church, coming together in faith and celebration, befriending all who come and praying for the coming of God’s kingdom of love and justice – Welcome to the family!

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