HARVEST FESTIVALS 2010
One of the things I most enjoy as I do my rounds over the Wolds delivering the weekly Link is seeing our Churches throughout the seasons of the year, decorated for whatever the occasion be it a wedding, baptism, Christmas or stripped bare during Lent. They are all so very individual and different, some small, tucked away and hard to find, others large, standing tall and proud at the centre of the village for all to see.
I know some of us attend services at several parishes within the group on a regular basis but this is not always possible for everyone. With this in mind and as we now have the new website I decided to take my camera along over the past few weeks to capture the wonderful harvest decorations for all to see, long after the harvest festival season is over.
As usual we had various themes around the parishes, from nautical to ecological and traditional, but one thing is for certain that whatever the theme they all looked spectacular. A great deal of time and effort had been put in to decorate them and grateful thanks go to all who helped make our churches look so beautiful.
Although it is good that we all meet to praise and thank God for our successful harvest season we should also at this time not forget all the countless hungry people of the world. The numerous countries that have no harvest to celebrate, whether it be due to drought, flood, earthquake or whatever reason, their crops have failed and as a result they are faced with famine and starvation.
This year we have supported a number of charities with proceeds raised at our harvest festivals & suppers, the James Caan Pakistan flood appeal, RNLI and St Barnabas Hospice to name but a few. Several of our parishes have also supported farmers in Malawi by taking the challenge to sell 90kgs of rice at a fair price which will give them sufficient income to send a child to high school for a year, currently only 30% of children there can afford to go to high school. I am pleased to report that the last 1kg of the 90kgs total was sold last week at Claxby so a big well done to all who got behind this worthy cause in buying the rice. Other parishes have also helped transform lives by choosing The Bishop of Lincoln's Harvest Appeal and in doing so supporting farmers in Burkina Faso in West Africa, through Christian Aid and people with leprosy in India, through our link diocese of Tirunelveli.
Many thanks to all who gave so generously to help people in great need, please keep all these people in your prayers not only at harvest time but always throughout the year.
I hope you enjoy the photos!
All Saints, Tealby
St Martin's, Kirmond-le-Mire
All Saints, Croxby
St Mary's, Walesby
St Peter's, Normanby-le-Wold
St Andrew's, Stainton-le-Vale
St Thomas, North Willingham
St Mary's, Thoresway
St Mary's, Claxby