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Harvest Festival

Harvest activity

When is Harvest Festival?
As harvest services are not part of the traditional church year they may take place any time in the autumn. 

A harvest activityWhat does 'Harvest Festival' mean?
It is a traditional celebration of the harvesting of many crops in the autumn, thus providing food for the year ahead.

Why do we celebrate Harvest Festival?
Nowadays Harvest Festivals are a way of saying thank you to God for all the food we eat. In England we have given thanks for harvests for hundreds of years by singing, praying and decorating our churches with flowers and food. 

A harvest activityHarvest Festival Service at St James's 
It is generally celebrated at the end of September or the beginning of October with an All-age service. The chuch is always beautifully decorated with flowers and leaves. St James's Players accompany the hymns and play other music during the service. The uniformed groups join the service and participate by carrying their flags in a colourful parade through the church and, together with the Sunday School, sometimes help out during and after the service.

Usually people bring gifts of tinned and dried goods and also harvest produce. These are later given to people in need, either locally, or perhaps in other countries. We do this because Harvest Festival reminds us of all the good things God gives us and this makes us want to share with others who are not so fortunate. 

Read the prayers that the children wrote and look at their artwork on the page Harvest Festival Prayers & Artwork.