Approaching Harvest Festival brings a warm kind of feeling, doesn’t it? Is it the mellowness, or the colours changing, or the readiness to see completion and achievement? Maybe it is the thought of fulfilment. At the same time we are conscious of the needs of others and this helps us not become too comfortable. Nevertheless, celebration has always been part of the nature of this festival; the gathering in and storing for the winter may be replaced by an on-line order and the filling of the deep freeze, but as day by day we eat and breathe and have our being, the heart of life is never far from our minds.
As I am writing I am not sure where all of the harvest collections are going this year, but i know that at St Mark’s and St Mary’s it is to the food bank. It needs not only donations of foodstuffs that are deposited in our churches and other places every day, and will get a special boost at harvest, but, also some money too, to provide items of fresh food, when it is possible to do so.