Harvest - 2010

Post date: Oct 30, 2010 7:42:06 AM

Once again there was a packed church for the Harvest Festival service – standing room only at the back! This was thanks to the Day School staff and children and, of course, the parents who came to support them.

The theme of the Harvest was Apples

  • Paintings of apples decorated the entrance porch

  • We heard the story of ‘Johnny Appleseed’

  • Beautiful singing of ‘Pears & Apples’

  • Gifts of apples in the children’s basket

On arrival we were greeted by a team of Year 6 ‘welcomers’ as the School Orchestra performed an ‘introit’.

The church was beautiful with displays of flowers and fruit - thanks to the ladies who had been busy on Saturday and during the week – as well as lots of scatty scarecrows made by the children in Sunday School.

The service got under way with the procession of the Choir and our Rose Queen, Eve and her retinue as the congregation joined in singing the well known harvest hymn

‘Come Ye Thankful People, Come’ with enthusiasm and the children presenting their Harvest Gifts.

The sermon by the Rev’d Paul Rolfe told the story of the ‘Sowing of the Seed’ with the help of children portraying ‘concede, proceed, succeed, supercede and WEED !

The Eucharist was celebrated by Paul who invited everyone to come to receive the Sacrament or a Blessing whilst the Choir sang a Harvest Anthem.

Following the service Alfie and Cameron Wallace-Khan were admitted to the Choir and were given their surplices and the recently received Child Friendly Church Award was shown to the congregation.

There were smiles on many faces as the congregation filed out into the lovely warm sunshine to the strains of ‘English Country Garden’ being played on the organ by Ian Smith.

Then it was over to school for a tasty Harvest Lunch of soup, bread rolls, cakes and tea prepared by the Sunday School teachers.