Harvest is a time of celebration and thanksgiving for all the good things in life we enjoy, especially the delicious seasonal fruit and crops. My English teacher told me autumn was her favourite season. At the time this struck me as odd, I’d always supposed that the new life of spring was the most enticing, but I think she was right, the autumn is more spectacular; it speaks of flourishing and completeness.

There is so much to be thankful for, as well as the food we enjoy; in our church community we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Plain & Pearl, a group that meets twice a month to craft, chat and eat cake. Plain & Pearl has provided an opportunity for creativity and community over these years and is a blessing for the church especially when looking for a Christmas gift or decoration.

In this season of plentifulness please can I draw your attention to the article from our Sustainability Group. Climate change and Covid have pushed us into being more aware of where our food comes from, and the need to make positive choices to protect the environment. Please come and join in our programme of activities in the run up to COP26.

I’m particularly grateful for all the support I’ve been given during Joe’s sabbatical which, as you read this, will have finished. Everyone is welcome at our Harvest Festival on 3rd October which is also Joe’s first service back, followed by lunch in the Church Hall. Like autumn, this period of time has flourished with productivity. It’s been a busy three months, but one of which I hope we will all enjoy the fruits for many months to come.

Revd Caroline Halmshaw