Harvest Festival 2019

On Friday the school walked down to St. Giles Church for the annual Harvest Festival Service, which was led by the children in Y5 and Y6.

Our Bible reading came from Psalm 65, verses 9 to 13

You take care of the earth and water it, making it rich and fertile. the river of God has plenty of water; it provides a bountiful harvest of grain, for you have ordered it so

You drench the ploughed ground with rain, melting the clods and levelling the ridges. You soften the earth with showers and bless its abundant crops.

You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture, and the hillsides blossom with joy.

The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep, and the valleys are carpeted with grain. They all shout and sing for joy!

The artist Janet Weight-Reed had this psalm in her mind when she painted the valley where she lived in Wales. She chose to paint the church near the centre of the picture, and wrote, ‘It is as if the spire of the church is trying to reach up to the heavens to give thanks to God. That is why I call the painting ‘Thanksgiving.

The Infant Class sang 2 songs: Cauliflowers Fluffy and Dingle Dangle Scarecrow. This was the first time our Reception children had taken part in a service at St. Giles and they were magnificent, singing confidently and being wonderful dingly dangly scarecrows in their dancing.

Mrs Ward's class had adapted the words of George Ezra's Shotgun, and regaled the congregation with riding tractors underneath the hot sun:

Time flies by in the fields of green,

Look around and you’ll see what I mean.

There’s a carrot top that I’m dreaming of,

If you need me, you know where I’ll be.

I’ll be riding tractors underneath the hot sun

Feeling like a someone.

I’ll be riding tractors underneath the hot sun,

Feeling like a someone.

There were plenty of donated items, from tins and pasta, to toothpaste and shower gel; these were added to the harvest gifts brought by the members of St. Giles Church. Father Mark explained this would be auctioned off and the proceeds given to the Padley Centre in Derby and the Bishop's Harvest Appeal. Many thanks to all the parents who supported this, and came along to the service on Friday.

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