October, 14th 2018 - Harvest Festival and All Sorts Service
Today we did celebrate this years Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land. Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In Britain, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times. We celebrate this day by singing, praying and decorating our churches with baskets of fruit and food in a festival known as 'Harvest Festival'.
Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. This makes them want to share with others who are not so fortunate. In Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. In our congregation the harvest goods have been donated to the Voedselbank in Goor.
A special feature during this service was that the children from Sunday School were asked to join in the conduction of the service. They did take part in the commencing procession in bearing the cross and the candles, did conduct the intercession (in the English language) and at the end headed the procession with the cross and candle to the exit again.
Our Chaplain Brian did surprise us all by conducting part of his sermon, specially aimed at the children, in the Dutch language.
After the service we gathered for a "bring and share meal". This was once again a success and for everyone did their best to make their cooking / food preparing skills.
Images by Lub Gringhuis