An important focus on the environment this September is going to continue through the harvest services, which begin this Sunday with the St Mark’s harvest festival, and its harvest supper tonight. The other churches will be following suit over the coming weeks.
This weekend will see an environmental climax to the newly designated Creation-tide season of the Church’s Year, with a workshop in All Saints’ Church tomorrow afternoon (details are in a news item on this website) followed by St Mark’s taking an environmentally aware theme to its harvest services, and St Mary’s hosting the speaker (Reverend Alex Mabbs) from the Saturday workshop as preacher at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday.
These things are of vital importance. At the same time we shall be giving thanks, over the coming three weeks, in all our churches in the traditional way for the fruits of the earth. We shall, “plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land”, and gather our congregations with, “Come ye thankful people come.” There is an awareness within us of the need not only to protect what we have been given by God, but to acknowledge in thanksgiving the fact that we have it to protect and pass on to future generations at all.