The Parish of Whaley Bridge is bringing its harvest festival into the 21st century. Forget fresh produce and sheaves of corn – the vicar wants people to bring tinned food to the family service in Holy Trinity Church at 10.30am next Sunday (29 September).
The Rev Margaret Jones has appealed to her congregation: “This year we are supporting The Wellspring in Stockport, a centre open every day of the year, providing services for the homeless and disadvantaged. We can help them by giving produce that is most needed: tinned meat for sandwiches, tinned soup, tinned fruit, tinned veg, baked beans, dried pasta, coffee and sugar.”
There will still be traditional parts of Harvest Weekend. On Friday 27 September, pupils from Taxal and Fernilee primary school have their harvest festival service in the church. Later that evening, members of the church will enjoy a harvest hot pot supper and beetle drive (tickets £5, available from Joyce Hibbert, 01663 734 240.
At 3.30pm on Harvest Sunday, children have another Messy Church session of Christian fun activities, in Holy Trinity, with the theme of ‘All Good Gifts Around Us’.