Harvest Festival (2017) at the Good Shepherd Mission

The Harvest Festival Service at St. Mark’s took place at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 17th September. As always, the church had been decorated beautifully.

The Rev. Eileen celebrated the Harvest Holy Communion. As well as leading us in thanks for our farmers and the harvest she spoke to us on the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18 v 21-35).

Alan accompanied our seasonal hymns. These included “We plough the fields with tractors” which brought a smile to the faces of those of us who remember singing “We plough the fields and scatter” every year in our youth! Smiles faded as we got to the final verse, which posed a serious question.

 

The following Monday, 18th September, Pinfold County Primary School pupils and teachers walked to the mission for a short harvest service.

Rev. Eileen talked to the children about what harvest means; how the seed is grown; how God gives the sun and rain so we can harvest the grain and crops by tractor. Everyone sang a song about it to the tune of molly Malone. Rev Eileen also explained how bread is made from grain that is grown and the children all sampled a slice of fresh bread (from Tesco).

All the children brought non-perishable food gifts, which will be given to The Ormskirk Food Bank.

After an enjoyable time together a short prayer was said for a safe walk back to school.

Finally, the Mission’s Harvest celebrations ended with their Harvest Supper, which included entertainment by The New Dawn Singers.

Finally, the Mission’s Harvest celebrations ended with their Harvest Supper, which included entertainment by The New Dawn Singers.

The meal began with Eileen saying Grace and then, after the hotpot and delicious apple pie and cream, the entertainment began.

Like last year, New Dawn started with “Give me Sunshine” before sharing a number of lovely Gospel songs and hymns. These included “One song to the tune of another” Sound of Music style! i.e. “For the Beauty of the earth” to the tune of “Doe a deer a female deer” and “Thank you Lord” to the tune of “Edelweiss”!

Later New Dawn sang their “Harvest Samba”* and concluded with “God be with you till we meet again”.

The lovely singing was interspersed with jokes and anecdotes including facts taken directly from actual church newsletters!

The evening ended with an amazing raffle offering what seemed like almost as many prizes as there were people present!

* if you don’t know the words to “Harvest Samba” you can find them on the 2016 Good Shepherd Harvest news item!

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