Sunday, 24 January 2010

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                           



In two weeks time we celebrate Harvest Festival Sunday.  Traditionally Harvest Festival would have included parishioners bringing fresh produce from their own farms or plots to the church, but these days very few of us are tilling the soil in such a personal and fruitful manner.  Modern life is lived with an increasing detachment between people and creation.  We forget that we are dependent on the soil and in our forgetfulness we foolishly contaminate it.  Perhaps one way we celebrate Harvest Festival is to make a commitment to grow a little of our own fruit, vegetable or herbs if we are fortunate enough to have a little furrow of soil where we live. 


We are nevertheless encouraged to flood the front of the church with food (both fresh and non-perishables including potatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, apples, cucumber, tomatoes, cauliflower, jungle oats, maize meal, weet-bix, peanut butter, baked beans and fishoil etc.) on Sunday the 7th February.

  Food that will be donated to Ons Plek, Stepping Stone and City Care.


During the same Harvest Festival Sunday we will all have an opportunity to pledge to live as an ever growing generous people.  We care invited to be deliberate in our generosity—not just towards the work of God in and through this place—but throughout all the world. 

Peace, Alan.


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