September 7, 2023

Support the Homeless at Harvest Festival on 24th September

St Mary’s is celebrating its annual Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday on 24th September at all three services. At Harvest we give thanks to God for the food we eat, those who…

St Mary’s is celebrating its annual Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday on 24th September at all three services.

At Harvest we give thanks to God for the food we eat, those who provide it through their labours, and for ‘all good gifts around us’. More recently, the focus on the provision of our daily needs has reminded us of the current climate crisis, and so our prayer and action are also directed towards those most affected by climate change.

With its focus on generosity, Harvest invites us to think of those who rely on our generosity for their daily needs. It makes it a particularly appropriate day for us to donate to the needs of those particularly vulnerable. This year, our focus will be on donating specific items to the local homelessness charity Glass Door, who work across west and south-west London to support those who have no home, or who live on the streets.

This year Glass Door are asking for specific donations of the following: instant coffee, instant hot chocolate, sugar, ketchup, rice, short pasta (eg penne), cans (tomatoes, chickpeas, sweetcorn, vegetable soup and beans), jams and spreads, cereals. We would be delighted if you could bring with you on Sunday 24th September – or donate by dropping items of at church in the days leading up to 24th September.

 

Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season:

grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

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