30th September: Harvest Family Service

Harvest is a time where most of our crops, fruit and vegetables are picked and ready to eat. Over the last few weeks thousands of farmers have been working hard to collect in all the food before cold and bad weather sets in.

The plants have spent months growing big and strong and producing its fruits, with the help of Gods sun and rain, and all the other things he has given us. We sang about some of them in our first hymn, can anyone remember them? (modern version of we plough the fields and scatter)

I know we are surrounded by farms here, but i wonder if we really know and appreciate all that goes into collecting in the food.

I have a game for us to play, to help us think about all the hard work humans have to do after God has done all of his bits. So I want you to split into two teams. Taking turns, someone from each team will have to act out an action, and the rest of us will have to guess what they are doing. The team with the most points will win a prize!


1. Picking fruit

2. Climbing trees

3. Digging

4. Hoeing

5. Weeding

6. Fruit sorting

7. Pruning

8. Cutting a tree down

So we know lots of hard work goes into getting the food that we eat! But we need to remember that it is a gift from God. God gives us all these good things to enjoy.

What do we do when we are given a present?

We say thank you. So for our prayers today, we are going to say thank you for all the good things God gives us.

(both teams won and everyone got chocolate buttons).

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Minor Canon Youth Chaplain at St Albans Cathedral. Dog owner, historian, technology geek, pilgrim.

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