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!

READY?

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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Modern ‘We plough the fields’ with local verse

I found this modern version online last year, and someone from the congregation wrote a local verse which we sang at this years harvest service and the harvest supper.

 

We plough the fields with tractors,

With drills we sow the land;

But growth is still the wondrous gift

Of God’s almighty hand.

We use our fertilisers

To help the growing grain;

But for its full fruition,

It needs God’s sun and rain.

 

All good gifts around us

Are sent from heaven above,

So thank the Lord, O thank the Lord

For all his love

 

We do our shop in Tescos

For parking there is free

We get a trolley for nothing

The Co-op charges me

We should be shopping local

To the Wenallt store in town

But then of course there’s Sunday

And glory shines around!

 

Then why are people starving

When we have life so good?

And some in crowded cities

Search dustbins for their food;

And even some go hungry

Who farm in distant lands;

Lord, help us learn more swiftly

To share with open hands.