What Does it Mean?

Harvest

 

Harvest is from the old English word hoerfest meaning Autumn. It came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering grain and other grown products. The full moon nearest the autumnal equinox is caller a Harvest Moon.

 

A Harvest festival is an annual celebration. Given the differences in climate and crops around the world harvest festivals can be found at various times in different places..

Harvest festivals feature feasting, both family and public, with foods that are drawn from the crops that come to maturity around the time of the festival.   Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features of the festival, eating, merriment, contests, music and romance are common features around the world.

 

In Britain, thanks have been given for Harvest festivals since pagan times. Harvest is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest moon.

Celebrations includes decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food. The food is often distributed among the poor and elderly people of the local community. 

Our Harvest Festival will be held during the 10:15am Holy Communion service on Sunday 24th September. Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables can be made between 10am & 12 noon on the 23rd. The Harvest appeal this year is in aid of the Melanesian Mission Cyclone appeal and any monetary donation made will be greatly appreciated.