Harvest for the people
Church News | Sunday, 7 October 2018 |
St Mary’s Church was packed this morning to enjoy the Harvest Festival 10.30am service. Revd Carolyn welcomed all the people including some visitors from the Cathedral, saying how lovely it was to see them. She also has some news for us, saying how St Mary’s is starting up a Sunday afternoon group for families from 3-4pm once a month. It was also announced that the Puppet Crew will be starting up again soon minus Louise who has managed the group for many years, Louise wasn’t at the service unfortunately, but she was greatly thanked for all she had done in the past. Revd Carolyn also said goodbye to Bianca, who is going on to be further trained for her future work as a Canine Partner. But… Not before giving her a wonderful Blessing, God bless you Bianca…
In her 3-stage talk, Revd Anne began, dressed as a bee-keeper, explained to us how bees work together as a whole unit in order to produce the honey that most of us love. In her second talk, she explained, with the help of some children how we all need to work together to produce food to eat… everything from gathering the seed at harvest time to growing it, gathering it and producing it for us to eat. Before her final talk, Revd Anne suggested that we all take the produce we had brought to present at the alter for Revd Carolyn to bless, saying that the donated food will be sorted tomorrow morning straight after morning prayer and will be distributed around the village and any left over food will be donated to the Food bank, Revd Carolyn also informed us that the supermarket Morrison’s had heard about the Food bank appeal and had generously donated a significant amount of goods, (Well, that’s what Morrisons do!) don’t they?
Revd Anne finished off her talk by saying how we all have to work together, like the bees and like the people who produce our food, in order to spread God’s message… Wonderful. Our children took it in turns to read the prayers, the prayers were beautifully read! Thank you.
A final thought for the day: It always strikes me as strange in that - when we are asked for nothing, not so many people attend church, but when we are asked to donate and be generous the church is heaving!!