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Harvest Festival

Yesterday was our Harvest Festival  and all the food/produce donated will go to the Open Door and the local Food bank. According to a new polling by ComRes, parents have warm memories of taking part in harvest festivals and want their children to do the same. The Chief Education Officer of the Church of England, Revd Nigel Genders says that “Harvest Festival is just one of the ways that the Christian tradition enriches the lives of children of all backgrounds as part of daily collective worship…”

The children from TEKNA processed with donated food to the altar during the first hymn.

Wikipedia says “The modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. Victorian hymns such as We plough the fields and scatter, Come, ye thankful people, come and All things bright and beautiful helped popularise his idea of harvest festival.”

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