Our annual celebration of Harvest is coming up.
9:30am, 3rd October
As well as singing traditional harvest hymns and remembering the farmers in their year-round labours to provide food for our tables, we’re considering the blessing of water. We take this for granted – we turn on a tap and it’s instantly there, purified and safe to drink. But for many around the world, this is not the case.
The Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal this year, Water is Life, is supporting TEARFund and its partners working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Life in the DRC is tough. With a history of civil war, widespread poverty and a cycle of conflict and displacement, communities struggle every day. On top of this, more than 70 per cent of the DRC population use unsafe drinking water and so daily encounter the devastatingly high risk of cholera, a preventable disease. The appeal will bring clean water to many more communities in the DRC, bringing with it transformation to daily lives and hope for the future.
If you would like to bring gifts of food, we would be pleased to receive these, too. Fresh fruit and veg will be auctioned at the end of the service (proceeds to the appeal). Packaged goods will be passed on to a local Foodbank.
Please join us to celebrate and to pray, to learn and to give.
Image provided by the Diocese of St Albans