Harvest Appeals & Resources 2019

Below is a selection of Harvest appeals and resources for your church to get involved with. Please email the Communications Team if you would like an appeal or resource to be added to the website.

If you want to take up a creation or environmental theme for Lent study groups next year, there will be study resources available for the Archbishop's 2020 Lent Book by Ruth Valerio, Saying Yes to Life.

WaterAid has launched its 2019 Harvest Appeal and is inviting churches to organise a harvest supper or collection this harvest time, to give other communities around the world harvests worth celebrating.

Churches can order a free harvest pack with stories from Zambia, explaining how vital clean water is for growing food and for a community to flourish. The pack includes a poster, an all-age talk outline and sermon notes, tips around how to organise a harvest supper and other fundraising ideas too.

You can order a free harvest pack on WaterAid’s Harvest webpage where you’ll find online resources too, including an appeal video and a WaterAid quiz.

Celebrate Harvest 2019 with Self Help Africa and you can help African farmers to break the cycle of hunger and poverty and create a brighter future for their families. Self Help Africa’s FREE resource pack will help you to plan your Harvest celebration. It includes stories from Africa, a poem and a prayer and lots of fundraising ideas. To order your free Harvest booklet, gift aid envelopes or any other resources please call Steph Smith on 01743 277170, email or download the resources directly.

Christian Aid logoHelp more families to break free from poverty through the Christian Aid Harvest Appeal.

Millions of women are born into poverty. They’ve faced prejudice all their lives: no rights, no security, no voice. In India, and around the world, Christian Aid projects are helping communities to break through the social and economic exclusion that’s holding them back.

You can help more people to build a future for themselves and their families through Christian Aid. Make this the season for change. 

This Harvest festival, you can help hungry Rwandan families to grow their own futures

Whether it’s a coffee morning, mufti day or other harvest activity, your church or school will be supporting Rwandan families who are part of the ‘Coffee and Cows’ project. 

Cow manure helps fertilise farmers’ soil. This helps grow vegetables and good quality coffee beans that people can sell, earning a vital income. The project is aiming to change the lives of nearly 30,000 people in some of the poorest parts of rural Rwanda. You can be an important part of this life-changing work this Harvest. Find out more.

British Food Fortnight runs from 21 September - 6 October 2019 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. 

Embrace have lots of free resources to inspire your church… whether you have time for just a few minutes to pray for people in the Middle East as part of your Harvest service or supper, or you plan to focus on Embrace’s partners and their work in more depth.

Whatever you choose to do, and use, Embrace hope you’ll join in with the central invitation these resources are all built around to sow seeds of change with us this Harvest. This means using their Seed packets, Seed prayer cards and Gift Aid envelopes to encourage everyone in your church to pray – and give if they can – to help Egyptian families living in poverty to grow new, life-giving futures for their families.

Tearfund’s latest set of resources contain everything you need to get your church praying, giving and speaking out, to end extreme poverty.

It contains a short film, a five-minute talk, prayer and children's resources and more. It’s suitable for use all year round, including your Harvest Sunday service and not forgetting Tearfund Sunday in March.

You’ll learn about Birungi, a 22 year-old woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn how one simple gift and a little training has turned her life around for good. It’s a real message of hope – an end to extreme poverty is possible and some of the solutions are really simple!

Harvest service resources are available on the Germinate (Arthur Rank Centre) website.