Harvest Appeals & Resources 2017
More and more people in the UK are struggling with money and debt. 600,000 families are spending more on repaying debts than on food. One in four adults have less than £500 saved to cover an emergency. Nearly 9 million adults are over-indebted but only 1 in 6 are currently seeking help.
In 2016, churches and communities across the country responded to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal to raise money for those in financial distress. The money raised totalled over £100k and led to the creation of the Just Finance Foundation.
Now in its first year, the Just Finance Foundation is looking to change the shape of finance in our nation. The work will focus on helping people out of financial crisis and building a new generation who can manage money wisely.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal is returning in 2017 so that the Just Finance Foundation can reach further across the country and reach more people in financial distress. Could you make a difference this harvest?
The Mustard Seed Appeal is asking churches to share their harvest collection or host a small event at harvest to raise money to build Archbishop Justin’s vision for a fairer financial system.
This is a chance to bring about change, to make finance fair for all. Find out how you can get involved in the Mustard Seed Appeal and download our free service resource featuring sermon notes, prayers, and more.
Find out more at www.mustardseedappeal.org.uk
Harvest service resources are available on the Germinate (Arthur Rank Centre) website.
Please help WaterAid dig more boreholes and join our harvest appeal by inspiring your congregation to fill life-giving bottles with coins. Apply for a Harvest Appeal pack
In your pack you will receive:
- Fundraising tips / Poster / Sunday school resources / Paying in form / Life-giving bottle gauges
British Food Fortnight runs from 23rd September - 8th October 2017 and is linked to the harvest festival season: Bring Home the Harvest. It has also incorporated the National Harvest Service which was established in 2013, the inaugural event being held in Westminster Abbey - the first harvest service held at the Abbey in nearly half a century.
Send a Cow
Celebrate God’s faithfulness with Send a Cow’s Harvest resources and give families in Africa the tools and training they need to grow a Harvest for Life.
Register for free Harvest resources for your church or school at www.sendacow.org/harvest
Harvest appeal resources. Includes inspiring resources, such as prayers, sermon notes and an all-age presentation, to help plan your Harvest offering service.
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.
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.