Harvest Sunday – Giving Well Because We Have Received Well

Thank you! 

Last week at church we heard from Hannah Bowring who works for Tearfund. She described some of the challenges we face in the global climate crisis. She encouraged us to pray, act and give in response to what we heard. As Christians, we have every reason to be involved as we recognise creation is a good gift from a good God given for everyone to enjoy. Tearfund work to alleviate poverty in Jesus’ name, helping people out of hardship and supporting them as they seek to live sustainable, flourishing lives. The collection after our services raised £225 for their work – Thank you!  

Thank you!

In our Harvest services this Sunday we will be collecting non-perishable goods to add to the Foodbank which will be distributed from St Paul’s, Hounslow West. By all accounts, more and more people are accessing the Foodbank and so everything you give really helps people in this part of London who face hardship. Currently the Foodbank particularly requires pulses, rice, biscuits, toilet paper, coffee, chick peas, cooking oil, squash or juice, jam, marmalade, tinned products. So, please do give generously this Sunday – Thank you!

Thank you!

Harvest time has often been a chance for Christians to recognise that all the good we enjoy comes ultimately from a generous Creator. In response we give thanks and offer back what we have received to Him. And so, if we recognise God’s generous hand in our own lives then another place for us to exercise our giving is in the church, the community, the family that bears God’s Name. As St Paul writes in the Bible “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” If you have any sense of God’s generosity to you, please consider giving (regularly and cheerfully!) into our church life! The “Give and Grow” leaflets available at church provide detail of how you can do this. Please give generously as I know many of you already do – Thank you!

David Maclure