Reverend Katrina writes...
Summer is drawing to a close and autumn is upon us. I'm looking forward to my second Harvest in the villages, celebrating this year's crops and giving thanks for the wide variety of fruit and vegetables grown in our gardens, allotments, orchards and fields. This year, I'm going to invite the children in our village schools to vote for their favourite vegetables (chips do not count!). I wonder which one would get your vote? Mine would usually be the marmite of the vegetable world - the Brussel sprout. Although, I do love these amazing squashes I found growing in a hanging garden at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. They're such great fun! It was difficult to choose just one photo to share with you!
Harvest wouldn't be harvest without massive marrows and crunchy carrots, and traditional hymns like, 'We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land'. At one or more of our harvest services, we'll also be singing the children's favourite, 'Cauliflowers fluffy and cabbages green' which is a joyful celebration of the wide variety of fruit and vegetables we have to eat in this country. My favourite line is, 'the broad beans sleeping in the blankety bed'. I have just harvested my first ever crop of broad beans at the Vicarage. Hopefully, broad beans will continue to be as happy in the village as I am because I love them too. What makes you truly thankful this growing season?
One of my favourite passages in the Bible is the story of creation, where God creates humankind in his image, blesses them and makes them co-stewards of all that he has made. Our planet is full of so many good things to eat - not just for us, but for all the wildlife that share our precious and yet fragile world. It has been so sad to see the fire-ravaged scenes from the Amazonian rainforests. Harvest is an excellent time to give thanks for the amazing diversity of tree and plants and creatures, and to ask for God's help in living up to our awesome responsibility of caring for his creation. Everything that God has made is good - very good. And that includes us, his gardeners and farmers and protectors of the wildlife. May he help us to be more thoughtful, caring and selfless in the way that we live each day, and in the big decisions we make.
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A warm welcome to the benefice of Mears Ashby, Hardwick, Sywell and Overstone. Across our four historic churches, we offer a variety of services for people of all ages and stages in the Christian faith. We have traditional Holy Communion and Evensong services, as well as more contemporary and informal All-age worship. We also have regular coffee mornings (socials) and evening fellowship gatherings (faith discussions).
Whether you are a regular churchgoer or someone seeking to know more about the Christian faith, we would love to welcome you at our services. If you have any questions or requests, please contact our vicar Revd Katrina or e-mail the Benefice Team secretary.