For many of our new children, visiting church for the Harvest Festival was their first experience of going to St Giles Church and there was much excitement about it!
There was a buzz in the air as we walked down to church and on our arrival we were warmly welcomed by Fr Mark.
Our Harvest Festival was called ‘A Harvest Rainbow’ and the Year 2 children read beautifully and clearly to tell us about the rainbow we were going to make using different coloured fruit.
The Year 1 children brought baskets of different coloured fruit in the colours of the rainbow. We used strawberries and apples for red, oranges for orange, melon and bananas for yellow, grapes and pears for green, blueberries for blue, black grapes for indigo and plums for violet. The fruits were arranged at the front of church. The children reminded us of the rainbow in the Bible story about Noah and we thought about how rainbows had given us hope during lockdown. Fr Mark read a prayer thanking God for delicious fruit, the beauty of the changing seasons and harvest.
After our Harvest Festival, he introduced us to the different parts of the church and told us about its history.
We were incredibly proud of how beautifully the children behaved in church, they listened carefully and respectfully at all times and they are already keen to visit again!
The Junior Harvest took place later in the morning.
We thought about how mighty things can grow from tiny things and used this quote by William Wilberforce to help us picture this. "Things great have small beginnings. Every downpour is just a raindrop; every fire is just a spark; every harvest is just a seed; every journey is just a step because without that step there will be no journey; without that raindrop there can be no shower; without that seed there can be no harvest."
We then went on to think about food for the body as well as for the soul and how God can provide all of this. We heard the parable of the sower, how the seed fell on different types of ground and the success it had at growing. Father Mark talked about how that seed is like the message God gives, and how we can grow well by having faith.
Both the Infant and Junior children and staff would like to thank Father Mark for making us feel so welcome in church.