At this time of year, we celebrate Harvest and show our thanks to God for all of the wonderful foods that he provides us with and the people who grow and deliver the food. We would usually go into church for our Harvest Festival, but sadly this year this has not been possible so we have tried to be creative in our celebrations!
Our current school value is 'thankfulness' and as you will see from the videos each class have created, the children at our school are thankful for the harvest and the wonderful foods that we receive from it.
The Tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival began in churches in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at the village of Morwentstow in Cornwall. Victorian hymns such as 'we plough the fields and scatter' and 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' helped to popularise his idea of Harvest Festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home grown produce for the Harvest Festival Service.
In the Bible there is a book called the Book of Psalms, These are poems and songs written thousands of years ago.
Psalm One includes these words:
Happy are those...who find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord....
They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up.
I wonder what the 'fruit' is that the Psalmist is writing about?
Here's your challenge... Look at the poster below for 30 seconds. It is called 'The Fruit of the Spirit'. Try to remember as many of the fruits as you can.
The Fruit of the Spirit is the good things that grow in our lives when they are rooted in God's word.
Lord of the Harvest,
We welcome your Spirit to work in our lives.
Let your word take root so that,
Your love may grow up,
Your joy may spread out,
and your peace become deeper in us each day.
Red Class - Big Red Combine Harvester.m4v
Yellow Class Harvest Video.m4v
Pink Class- Beautiful World.m4v
Green Class Harvest Video.m4v
Orange Class Harvest Video.m4v
Blue Class Harvest Video.m4v
Gold Class - Harvest Around The World.m4v
“A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes.
A good person brings God out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Our school's Christian Values help us to follow the example of Jesus. By living out these values we will bear good fruit. Which one of our school values is most important to you? Why is this?
Think about someone that you know outside of school who lives out the value that you thought was most important in a way that really makes a difference to your life. Can you thank God and write the name of the fruitful person on your apple template so we can add it to our Good Fruit Tree to help us remember and be thankful.
As we hold the apple in our hand,
we thank you for the person it represents.
We are truly grateful for all that they mean to us.
May we never take them for granted.
Let their lives be an example to us
as we try to live out our Christian values
and make a difference in the world.
'Every time I think of you I give thanks to my God.' Philippians 1.3
Our Worship theme this half term is 'thankfulness. 'Always be thankful' 1 Thessalonians 5.16
We are thinking about thanking God for people who help us, praising God in Creation, remembering to say thankyou, giving thanks even when times are difficult, counting our blessings and living fruitful lives.
Thinking of good things
All creation praising God
Not taking anything for granted
Keeping focused on the positive
Understanding the sacrifices people make for us
Expressing gratitude to God
Saying thank you to those who help us
Showing gratefulness by our deeds