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The Church Tent at Glastonbury Festival opens applications for 2020

The Church Tent at Glastonbury Festival opens applications for 2020

The Sanctuary Marquee is looking for volunteers to join their team at Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary in June

The Church Tent at Glastonbury Festival – also known as The Sanctuary Marquee – has opened its applications for volunteers who would like to join their team at Glastonbury 2020.

Consisting of a fairly small team of volunteers, made up of people from Somerset and the adjoining counties who want to serve God by serving the Festival; The Church Tent works 24-hours-a-day – open for the duration of the event – in organised shifts, to provide ‘sanctuary’ for the festival-goers and site staff while offering a warm welcome, space to reflect and a willingness to listen.

During the day, creative activities such as face painting, karaoke and acts of worship take place – as well as providing somewhere to shelter from the weather elements, be it rain, mud, sun or dust.

During the night, safe accommodation is provided in the marquee tent for any Glasto-goers which find themselves lost, disorientated, or needing a safe space to sleep.


The Church hands out approximately 20,000 cups of water each year, and whilst this may seem a rather modest partaking, it does provide many opportunities to show love and engage in conversation with others while keeping everyone hydrated in any conditions that may accrue.

The Church Tent is located at the north-eastern side on the site (above Big Group and adjacent to the Medical Center), and in 2020 will be open from Wednesday, June 24 to Monday, June 29, 2020.

Who is eligible, shifts, and general requirements:

Applications will be considered from Somerset and neighbouring counties.

The Sanctuary Marquee will be staffed round-the-clock – from 6:45am on Wednesday, June 24, to 13.00 on Monday, June 29.

Each shift is for 6 ½ hours, with volunteers required to work a minimum of 3 shifts.

The Church states they can only accept volunteers who will attend the mandatory training sessions at 6.30pm on the evening of Friday, June 5, and all day on Saturday, June 6, 2020. More information about this day will be sent to those who are accepted as part of the team. Each successful applicant will be required to complete online safeguarding training by April 20, 2020.


All successful applicants are asked to make a payment of £50 towards the on-going costs of The Church’s work, of which at least £10 will be passed to The Church’s selected charity for the year.


The closing date for applications is Friday, March 6, 2020.

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, March 20, 2020 – by email, and will also receive details on how to make a BACS Transfer for £50 which needs to be paid by Friday, March 27, 2020 – otherwise, you may lose your place.

How and where to apply:

For the full application forms and further info, please visit The Church at Glastonbury festival Facebook group.

Glastonbury 2020 will take place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset – from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th June.

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Jacqui North
Jacqui North
1 year ago

I am a Christian and am an assistant manageress of St Faiths Charity Shop , based in Havant , Hampshire .
I would love to have the opportunity to help in the Christian Tent in this year 2020 .
Please would you consider me for helping .
Thank you

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