This year's Harvest Festival Service is on Sunday 11 October, 10.30am, and we hope to have activities for children running in the hall alongside the church service (more details to come).
You can book now for the church service through Eventbrite:
We will also celebrate Harvest in our 10.30am worship on Zoom.
Harvest Festival Service, Sunday 11 October
There will be a sale of fresh produce after the service in church, with proceeds going to the Bishop's Appeal (details below).
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 bring them along as the weekend approaches, ideally on Friday 9th or the morning of Saturday 10th, when the church will be decorated.
Non-perishable donations for Sunday 11th
If you would like to bring any non-perishable donations to the Harvest Festival Service (in-date tins, packets, jars - and especially toiletries, such as shaving foam, shampoo or body wash), they will be gratefully received. Thank you! The donations this year will support:
Rose Court, Hertford (supporting 28 vulnerable young people aged 16-25, including young parents)
Haven First, formerly Stevenage Haven (shelter and support for single people who are homeless) Haven First
For an idea of the sort of items that would be really useful, please see the Harvest Flyer
The Bishop of St Albans' Harvest Appeal
The Bishop’s Annual Harvest Appeal this year will help many people in Nepal. In 2015, Nepal suffered immense loss and devastation in two major earthquakes; thousands of lives were impacted - 9,000 people died, communities made homeless, infrastructures collapsed and livelihoods completely lost.
In more recent years, however, the Nepalese people are growing to appreciate the value of beekeeping. Bees help to maintain the fragile biodiversity, as pollinators, to enhance crop production and a good income can be generated from sales of honey. It has been estimated that the country of Nepal can sustain 125,000 beehives; presently, there are around 26,000, showing there is significant opportunity.
In the Harvest Appeal leaflet
, you can read Pastor Manish’s story, whose life has now been transformed – his faith in God, determination and entrepreneurial attitude have resulted in him now having a successful beekeeping business -and his desire is that many other families can experience the same. His story can also be seen in this short film here:
Donating to the Bishop's Appeal
You can contribute to the Appeal by donating during the Harvest Service at St Andrew's on 11 October or you can donate via Tearfund
Hertford's Scarecrow Fest
Have a look at the special visitors who took up residence at St Andrew's for Hertford's Scarecrow Fest!