Harvest Thanksgiving. Thanks to everyone who helped in the preparations for this service. Lesley Porter painted the board with the map of the world, and this was an important focus for the interactive section of the service with the children. Thanks, Lesley. Thanks to the children who made themselves into a working Combine Harvester! Eleanor Whamond and her helpers transformed the church into a world map with displays representing the continents. Thanks to all of them. Thanks also to those who helped with the delivery of the posies and flower arrangements after the service, and to Beth Lee-Smith and Charles and Ann Brown who helped to transport the food donations to Arbroath on the Monday morning.
A big thank you to everyone who brought along tins and packets of all descriptions. There was an amazing response and the Nursery Children in Carlogie also collected a huge box of tins and packets and I was delighted to be able to go along and speak to them about harvest and to thank them for their donations. The following email was received from Andrew Dawson, organiser of the Food Project.
“Yesterday, as in previous years, the Old & Abbey Church received a large quantity of food from your congregation for our Food Parcel Service. This is very timely. Some of our shelves have begun to look thin as about five or six people are referred to us each week by a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. As you know, we rely almost entirely on gifts of food to stock the Food Parcel Room. Some comes from other churches, both Church of Scotland and other denominations in the area, some from schools, and some from a variety of other organisations. We are grateful for it all. This is community activity that supplies food to about 1% of the most needy in Arbroath and area each year. Please will you thank your congregation for their generosity?”
This I am pleased to do. There is a box at the church door each Sunday for any donations of tins and packets and Beth takes these along to the project. We know from the vast increase in Food Banks across the UK that this service is greatly needed and valued and we as a congregation are pleased to be involved. MSB