Harvest Resources 2016
Support British Farmers
Read this blog by Phillip Jones, Mission Development Officer - Economy. He talks about the state of this year's harvest so far and life after Brexit, one of the biggest questions hanging over farming.
More information about British farming and British food (from the National Farmers’ Union) can be found here.
Harvest service resources are available on the Arthur Rank Centre (Germinate) website.
Send a Cow
Celebrate God’s faithfulness with Send a Cow’s exciting new Harvest resources and give families in Africa the tools and training they need to grow a Harvest for Life. Every family your church supports with our Gifts that Grow will pass on the seeds, knowledge and training to at least another five families!
Register for FREE resources at www.sendacow.org/harvest
Church Urban Fund has been asked by The Archbishop of Canterbury to deliver a national roll out of the Just Finance Network. "A seed has been planted - let's make it grow together".
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal has been set up to raise funds throughout the summer, with all sorts of fun and inspiring fundraising events. Together we can grow the seed planted by the Archbishop into a real movement for positive change.
Have a look at some fundraising ideas to get you started.
Please sit down
Thank you. Now you are comfortable, can you help Transform Burkina find a place to sit for more school children in Burkina Faso?
We all know a good education is key to any child’s future, but for many in Burkina Faso there are so many barriers to achieving this. In rural communities the local school can be up to 2 hours walk away and, even when children get there, facilities and equipment that we might take for granted in our children’s classrooms are often not available.
This harvest, could your school or church fundraise to buy desks and benches for children who go to school in the villages of Burkina Faso? If you think you may be able to help, please download more information for schools and churches.
US (the new name for USPG) are supporting families from marginalised tea plantation communities in Sri Lanka.
They are working with the Church of Ceylon in remote areas to provide pre-school education for children who would otherwise fall behind even before they reach school. With the children attending regular classes, Us-funded teachers are also able to work with their parents to improve their children’s diets. Teaching parents about nutrition has long-term impact. On a diet of fruit salads and vegetable soups - instead of instant noodles and biscuits - the pupils' concentration improves, ensuring the children have the best possible start in life, in terms of both health and education.
This Harvest, you can find out how Sri Lanka's tea plantation communities are learning about nutrition and seeing their health improve. Please support this work and help to bring a fuller life to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Harvest resources including a template talk, images, prayers and service ideas can be downloaded from their website.
This Harvest, WaterAid are asking churches across the UK to be part of their Recipe For Life by joining together for a Harvest brunch, lunch, supper or donating the cost of your typical Sunday lunch.
Your support will help bring much-needed water to families enabling them to grow their own crops and ensuring they no longer go hungry. With enough food to eat, they can concentrate on education and livelihoods, helping them to take the first steps out of poverty.
Order your free Recipe For Life pack and they'll send you a poster, Sunday school activity sheet, recipe cards, sermon notes and fundraising ideas.
Churches like yours helped bring safe water to Morarano, Madagascar.
Imagine how much of a struggle Harvest can be in Kenya. Climate change is making it harder for poor farmers. Thanks to generous people like you, Christian Aid are able to reach these communities and change lives. Your Harvest offering can make all the difference. Read about Rodah's story and please help more communities like Rodah’s so that they can realise their God-given potential.
Harvest downloads. Includes inspiring resources, such as prayers, sermon notes and an all-age presentation, to help plan your Harvest offering service.
Order resources today to receive prayer cards, posters and collection envelopes for your Harvest offering.
Self Help Africa
Self Help Africa is a Shropshire-based charity that helps families in rural Africa to feed themselves. It is offering a free Harvest Resources Pack which includes a poster, a talk, prayers, stories from Africa and activities for all ages. The charity can also arrange for one of their Church Ambassadors to come and speak to your church during your Harvest service or at another time to suit you.
Embrace the Middle East
Across the Middle East, people are struggling to provide food for their families, due to conflict and oppression. Hunger and sickness is rife.
Embrace have produced free resources to help you celebrate Harvest this year and they hope that you will use these ideas and resources to raise funds for our Christian partners who are bringing lasting change to refugees across the Middle East.
Resources include: prayers and graces, all-age talks, colouring in sheets, posters and more to help you hold a Harvest celebration and raise funds for Embrace.
The new film (below) and resources will take you and your church on a moving journey to Uganda with Tearfund's Steve Adams and his son Aidan. Inspire your congregation to pray for and help families who live on just one basic meal a day.
You can download the film, fun children's activities, a poster, giving forms and more to help you plan your Harvest service.