This year's Harvest Festival will feel a little different, as we negotiate the rules and restrictions that the Covid Virus has placed upon us. But none of that takes anything away from the great things God has given to us, and our need both to thank him for those good things, and to seek to share them with others.
As in previous years, we will hold a collection for the Bishop's Harvest Appeal, which is collecting funds for Tear Fund's work with Ethiopian families suffering from the effects of climate change, locusts and coronavirus; and also for Friends of the Holy Land, working in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and in Israel and aims to support Christian communities there which often find themselves living in very difficult circumstances.
Further details, and ways of giving to both of these charities electronically are available here; alternatively, there will be an opportunity at all the services in the week beginning 27 September, to make a donation in Church to this appeal.
Alongside these cash donations, we are also inviting people to make donations of food and other household items for Chorley Help the Homeless, which is a small independent local charity working hard to support those at risk of or affected by being homeless in the Borough of Chorley.
Please do give generously to these charities, as together we give thanks for the privilege of having good things in our lives, while at the same time, seeking to share some of that privilege with those who are not so fortunate.