Harvest Festival Service
Sunday 8 September 2019
This year's All-Age Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday 8 September, 10.30am.
There will be a sale of fresh produce after the All-Age service (proceeds going to the Bishop's Appeal - details below), so you can take home the items on display.
Could you offer some Harvest fare?
We are looking for donations of fruit, vegetables, jams, chutneys, biscuits and cakes (and foliage, too!) - if you're able to donate any of these things, please fill in the sheet at the back of St Andrew's Church or just bring them along as the weekend approaches.
We ask that you bring your fresh produce donations in to church ready for the church to be decorated on Friday 6th. Thank you!
Non-perishable donations for Sunday 8th
If you would like to bring any non-perishable donations (in-date tins, packets, jars or toiletries) to the All-Age service, they will be gratefully received. Thank you! The charities we are supporting this year are:
Rose Court, Hertford (shelter and support for single people who are homeless)
Stevenage Haven (shelter and support for single people who are homeless)
The Bishop of St Albans' Harvest Appeal
Jesus said, 'I am the light of the world' (John 8. 12)
Funds donated at our Harvest Festival Service this year will go towards The 2019 Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, ‘Light up Tanzania’, which is supporting households in the Singida region to purchase solar power.
Imagine if, when you flicked on a light switch, nothing happened.
For many people in Tanzania, where access to electricity is scarce, households cannot function easily after dark; families struggle with everyday chores, their children suffer with poor performance in school, and, without electricity, all basic services – water, health, education – are hindered.
‘Light Up Tanzania’ seeks to bring electricity – in the form of solar panels – to around 350 households in the rural area of Singida, Tanzania. These will make a huge difference! Presently, people rely on paraffin-style (kerosene) lamps in the evenings – which have caused many serious burn injuries – and their cooking is done on firewood or charcoal, creating high levels of smoke indoors too.
You can contribute to the Appeal by donating during the Harvest Festival Service at St Andrew's on 8 September - funds raised during the collection and from the sale of produce will be given to the Appeal. You can also find out more here.