Rector's letter - October 2019

Dear Friends,

October is the month for Harvest Festival services, which are taking place across the Heart of Norfolk Group of Churches – please see the Service Plan. It seems a bit late in the year these days, but it’s good to give thanks for those who grow and provide our food, as well as praying for those who struggle to put food on the table.

We will be collecting produce for local Foodbanks. The Mid-Norfolk Foodbank (Dereham and Fakenham) is appealing for the following items:

  • Tinned meat; tinned soup; tinned fruit and rice pudding;
  • Pasta (not fresh);
  • Biscuits, savoury snacks and sweet treats;
  • Long-life fruit juice.

They have plenty of tea, toiletries and tinned vegetables at the moment.

It seems strange to me, and to many I think, that the UK needs Foodbanks at all, and that is a sad reflection of our times. But we are living in strange times.

The Gospels, and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles (and the Epistles of St Paul), remind Christians constantly of the need to care for our neighbours and to provide for those in need, even if it means making some sacrifice in our own lives. That is something that those of us who are regular church-goers need to think, and pray, seriously about.

But caring for our neighbours is not exclusively a ‘Church-thing’, of course, and there are many in our villages who give so much of their time and talents on behalf of their community. So, we give thanks to, and for, them as well at this time of thanks-giving.

If you would like to make a contribution towards the Foodbank collections, but are not sure whether you can attend one of the Harvest Festival services, please do contact your local churchwarden to arrange this. Anything we can do might make a difference to someone else’s life.

With my prayers and very best wishes,

Revd Sally

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