Church of England Diocese of York Barmston with Fraisthorpe

Richard's article for October's Village Voice

8 Oct 2021, 12:15 a.m.

A couple of weeks ago I was playing the piano to raise funds for TABS International, a small charity that supports a school in a slum area of Kenya. People sent in the requests with a donation and I did my best to play them. One of the pieces was Abba’s “Thank you for the Music,” in which the singer expresses her gratitude for being able to sing and dance, lifting people’s hearts as she does so.

Interestingly the song doesn’t say to whom one should be grateful for the music. You’d expect me to say that person is God himself – and you’d be right, of course. When you think about it, there are lots of things we can be thankful for – the beauty of the coastline, the autumn sunshine and the falling leaves, the everyday blessings of family and friendship – and their provider is evidently greater than mere humans.

Harvest is the church’s attempt to channel our natural feelings of gratitude and focus them on God himself, the ultimate giver. We thank him particularly for our food and the output of our farms, but it’s good to add our gratitude for everything else we enjoy too.

Our Harvest Festival will be at 4.00 pm on Sun 24<sup>th</sup> Oct at Barmston Church, followed by a few nice things to eat and drink. Gifts may be brought to church the previous morning (Sat 23<sup>rd</sup>), between 10 and 12, and will be used for the homeless meals at Emmanuel Bridlington.

Services in Barmston church in October:

Sun 3<sup>rd</sup> at 9.30 am – Holy Communion

Sun 17<sup>th</sup> at 9.30 am – Holy Communion

Sun 24<sup>th</sup> at 4.00 pm – Harvest Festival for all ages

Sun 31<sup>st</sup> at 10.00 am – Joint service at Barmston Methodist

And there is still online worship from our sister church at Emmanuel Bridlington every Sunday, live on Facebook or in person at 11.00 am, or later in the day on our YouTube channel, and on the phone (01262 412525) at any time.