Come and celebrate the fruits of our community orchard at St Mark’s Church from 11am this Sunday (September 29) at St Mark’s.
Bring some apples to be juiced in our juicer. Make sure they are in good condition, washed and picked from the tree, and bring clean two-litre plastic milk cartons including the lid to put the juice in.
We will start with a Harvest service at 11am and then move into juicing, apple tasting and apple-y music (and possibly dance). If that isn’t enough apply-ness, there will be pancakes with apple filling to eat. We are also are asking for donations of food for the Foodbank which is run from St Mark’s on Wednesday mornings from 11am-1pm. Click here for a list of what is needed.
It’s Harvest Festival time, the season when we celebrate the gathering of food from the land and give thanks for what the earth has produced and the hard work of those who have produced it.
Harvest Festival takes place on the Sunday nearest to Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the autumn equinox), which this year was Sunday, September 22. However, the actual date for celebration is flexible and in the parish we are marking Harvest Festival this coming Sunday, September 29, which also marks the last Sunday in the church season of Creationtide, and then holding the Parish Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 12.
There are Harvest services in all three churches – 9.30am at St John’s and 10am at St George’s, with Apple Day taking place at St Mark’s from 11am, and a special Worship for All service to celebrate Harvest at St George’s at 11.30am. Whichever service you attend, please bring with you items for the Foodbank, particularly the following:
- instant mash
- instant custard
- tinned meat
- instant tea
- tinned peas
- tinned carrots
- long-life fruit juice
We celebrated Harvest and Apple Day at St Mark’s today – Sunday, October 7 – with the normal St Mark’s informality (chaos?) – apple pancakes, pressed apples to make juice, apples dipped in chocolate, Harvest hymns, Harvest donations which will be given to the Foodbank, apple art by young people, and the Bishop of Dorking presiding and preaching on Matthew 6: 25-34 ( “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”).
Bishop Jo encouraged us to share resources, to ensure that others had enough, and to be thankful to the God who gives what we need and more. Her message was: “don’t worry – be thankful, trust God”.
There was an overwhelming sense of joy and community. Happy Harvest!
Apple art at St Mark’s.