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October 2019

Recently we drove up to the Lake District for a couple of days walking, then crossed the Pennines to visit friends in North Yorkshire. As we criss-crossed the country, we saw fields that had been harvested, watched combine harvesters at work and sat behind tractors towing huge loads of bales to their storage barns. This weekend we visited the barn opposite Larkins Brewery and were fascinated by the amazing and industrious teamwork going on, picking the hops. The great machine, looking like something designed by Heath Robinson, required the hard work of all the volunteer labourers to complete the task. Each group of workers made their specialist contribution.

All year round, work is going on to get ready for harvest time – preparing the ground, planting, maintaining the growth and relying on the weather to do its wonders to produce a harvest at the right time.

Many of us will remember the traditional hymn:

We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the ground,
But it is fed and watered
By God’s almighty hand;
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, for all His love!

At harvest time, we traditionally give thanks for all the crops that have been grown, replenishing our stocks for the winter. We have so much to thank God for. It is also good to remember those people in our own country who need to use Food Banks, and people across the world who have not had good harvests and are facing times of drought or floods, hurricanes, displacement because of conflict, hunger and illness.

If you would like to give any produce for display or to give to a worthy cause, please would you bring it to St Mary’s on Saturday 5th October? We would love you all to join us at St Mary’s Church on Sunday 6th October at 10.15am for our Harvest Thanksgiving Festival. See you there!

God bless, Bill