The Harvest Festival is one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It is a day on which rural churches show solidarity to those without food and distribute the harvest donations they have collected among charitable organisations.
The symbolic meaning of Harvest in scripture encompasses two main areas: God’s provision for us, and God’s blessing for others.
With this in mind, we cannot let this occasion pass unnoticed since there have been tremendous celebrations in the past at both Eaton and at Hulme Walfield, which unfortunately can’t be replicated due to the so many unforeseen circumstances that are happening in people’s lives, and the pandemic!
This year on Sunday September 19, we plan to hold a small harvest celebration in the church hall after the church service at 10.30am has finished. We would ask for your support for this special occasion with your donations of fresh and non-perishable food (they can be left in the church porch during the week prior to the 19th or bring into church when you attend Sunday services). Being mindful of Covid protection, we then meet up for an indoor picnic by bringing along your own food and drink, starting at 12 noon.
We give thanks for a successful harvest and for a safe passage through this coronavirus pandemic. It would be nice if we could meet by having a ‘Harvest’ type of celebration with, maybe, complementary strawberries, a festival theme quiz, a raffle (raffle prizes are gratefully received), perhaps a speaker of note, music, and anything else that anybody would wish to contribute.
Already arrangements are in progress, but this is an open invitation for you all to take part in any way you can. So, if you could kindly speak to Helen, Sonia, Caron, Clare or myself in church, or ring me on 07471 126 422, I am sure that it will be a great day’s celebration. We would love to hear from you and to see you on the day.
John Stenton, Church Warden