This photo was taken by Russell Price at a recent community fun day organised by Holy Family Church, a Local Ecumenical Parish in Blackbird Leys near Oxford.
Inspired by Brian Wren’s hymn, “Here hangs a man discarded”, the congregation launched a scarecrow competition in order to raise money towards a new church roof. Around 80 scarecrows were made and paraded to the church, where local residents found music, a bouncy castle and plenty of food and drink. The award-winning scarecrow pictured here was created by “The Blackbirds”, a local junior football team.
Russell’s photo captures perfectly Brian’s hymn, which also asks – “Can such a clown of sorrows still bring a useful word when faith and hope seem phantoms and every hope absurd?” The Holy Family congregation sang the entire hymn at their morning service, in a building filled with worshippers and scarecrows.
Download a larger version of Russell’s picture for use in worship.