15 August 2016
Several charities and organisations have begun to publicise and share their resources for Harvest Festivals. Here follows a selection that have been brought to our attention and which might be of interest and assistance in preparing to celebrate this special time of year.
Send a Cow invites churches or schools to help families in Africa obtain the tools and training they need to produce a 'Harvest for Life'. For details please see here
Water Aid is inviting churches across the UK to be part of its 'Recipe for Life'. More information is available here
Christian Aid offers resources that include prayers, sermon notes and an all-age presentation as part of its 2016 Harvest Appeal. These may be downloaded here
Hope for Harvest, which is part of the Hope initiative, is a published resource that is said to offer articles and ideas from Mark Greene of London Institute of Contemporary Christianity, four weeks’ worth of Bible studies from the Stewardship Trust, a session for a youth group and articles on prayer, fasting and thankfulness. This may be bought via the following link
Tearfund offers Harvest resources and has also issued an invitation to bake as part of its efforts to help to protect vulnerable children. More information is available here
Self Help Africa offers a resource pack intended to help with the planning of a Harvest celebration. It is said to include stories from some of the African families that the organisation is working with, suggested prayers and hymns, children’s activities and fundraising ideas. For more please see here
Embrace the Middle East has produced a Harvest service and fundraising resource pack, plus materials for a Harvest supper that include recipes for 'classic Middle Eastern dishes'. These may be obtained here
USPG offers harvest resources in support of 'marginalised tea plantation communities' in Sri Lanka. Further details, including how to request a guest speaker for a harvest service, may be found here
This information is intended as a helpful guide and will not include all of the available Harvest resources for this year. Inclusion is not necessarily an endorsement, but it is hoped that this short guide to some of what is currently available might be of interest and assistance.
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