We always have our Harvest Festival a little early at St Michael’s because of our Patronal Festival and Houghton Feast and it was a delight to welcome Bishop Paul this morning to preside and preach. People were very generous with their gifts of canned and dried food which will be given to help replenish the Space4 food cupboard and gifts of money which will be donated to a charity that gives aid to Rohingya refugees.
Bishop Paul talked about our response to the graft that it takes to grow, harvest and produce our food suggesting that we need to give thanks, be generous and to graft ourselves. He went on to say that we need to graft to challenge unfair systems and practices that endanger our planet and the well being of those who inhabit it. We all enjoyed some informal chat over coffee and biscuits after the service.