Sunday September 17th 2017 was observed as Thanksgiving for the Harvest at St. Andrew’s.
The church was full to overflowing, with the “overspill” being accomodated in the Hall downstairs where the service was relayed and Holy Communion concelebrated.
The Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, welcomed all to the service: regular church members, their friends and guests, and “swallows” and holidaymakers all of whom shared in this joyous occasion.
We were delighted that Bishop Michael also travelled to worship with us, preached a most inspiring sermon, and presided at the Eucharist.
Sue and Alan Carling delighted all present with their thespian skills, performing a wonderful sketch which they had written extolling the virtues of giving back to God in thanksgiving for all that we receive from God’s hands.
Diane Peek read a most beautiful harvest poem and the Choir, who led our singing in it’s usual exemplary fashion under the direction of organist John Crothers, sang the Harvest anthem O Give Thanks (words adapted from Psalm 107) by Martin White.
Following the service all present were invited to the Hermitage where they enjoyed a magnificent bring-and-share lunch.
Below are some photographs of the occasion.