Well, I do live in the country. Tonight it was All Saints turn. It is interesting the contrast between the gifts here and what is donated at the other churches in the benefice. Here, there is not a baked bean tin or tea bag in sight. All the produce comes from local gardens. There has been some competitive growing going on this year, especially for the service. Most of the village turns up with something. All this will be auctioned off at the village harvest supper tomorrow night and a huge amount will be raised for water aid. Somehow, I will find myself having bid an enormous sum for a bunch of carrots or a jar of chutney. I won’t be able to afford the huge pumpkins!
Harvest thanksgiving is one of the services when the whole village comes together. This year was particularly special as our retired priest was celebrating his 20 years anniversary. At the end of harvest evensong about 20 folks stayed behind so that he could celebrate a thanksgiving mass. A lovely way to end the evening.