Thanking God for His Bounty
On 19th Sunday of Pentecost ( 15th October this year ) when the gospel parable of the Sower and the Seed is read at Divine Liturgy we celebrated our Harvest Festival. Parishioners brought offerings of the produce of the land to the Temple. These were blessed at Divine Liturgy with the Prayer of blessing the First Fruits from the Great Book of Needs. Food offerings were later delivered to the local Food Bank.
After the Divine Liturgy 78 parishioners and guests sat down to a splendid 3 course Harvest Meal of beef stew, apple pie and cream, cheese and biscuits washed down with cider, tea and coffee. Valentina Burrows was the winner of the harvest loaf baking competition this year. We give thanks to God our Father for all our daily bread