The church family including 1st Primrose Hill Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and Netherton District Senior Section at Trinity joined together on Sunday 1st October 2017 to celebrate Harvest Festival and to grow in faith together. We gave thanks to God for all that has grown and been harvested in our lives this year.
We tasted different types of fruit and looked at things that we grow that God doesn’t like, like unkind words, anger, jealousy, hate and we pruned these words from around the Church and put them in the bin.
We then planted the words, love, kindness, gentleness, self-control, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness so that they blossomed onto our prayer tree.
We were reminded that Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches”.
We learnt that the words that had blossomed onto the prayer tree are what St. Paul, one of Jesus’s disciples, (one of his close friends) called Fruits of the Spirit and that they grow within us and produce fruit as we follow Jesus and grow our faith. Our faith never stops growing whether we are 5 or 105 there is always room for it to branch out and produce more fruit.
The choir reminded us of this as they sang God of all ages.
Young and older then joined together to make fruit boppers to remind ourselves of the Fruits of the Spirit and that we need to allow them to grow so that they bop out of our heads and into our community and world through our actions.
We then visited the three prayer stations around the church; candles to light and remember people who have helped us to grow in our lives, the harvest table to give thanks for all we have in our lives today and to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves and seed planting to plant our own seeds of love, kindness, self-control, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness and to remember Jesus said, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move.”
We closed our time of worship by singing We plough the seeds and scatter and joined together in the grace.
Much tea and cake was consumed after the service!
Donations to the Harvest Table will be taken to the Food Bank for distribution in our local community.