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Celebrating Harvest

For this year's Harvest Festival, we chose to support the work of Embrace the Middle East, in particular their Olive Tree Project, which is working to replant the Olive Groves in the Gaza strip, and also to support our local Foodbank, Foodbank4Whitby.

On Saturday evening (4th October) we held the annual Harvest Supper, where the food had a mediterranean feel to it, with olives, figs and dates as nibbles, a chicken casserole and then greek yoghurt and apricots for dessert.

On Sunday (5th October) at our Sung Eucharist, Sr Heather Francis preached on the subject of territory disputes and oil, about how both have affected everyone for as long as we have records and stories - the most well-known dispute being that of Cain and Abel.  We were told about the various uses of oil throughout all time - from the anointing of Aaron as High Priest in the book of Exodus to the story of the Good Samaritan who used oil to tend the wounds of the injured man, to Baptism, Confirmation and Ordination in the current times.

Fr Graham blessed all the gifts during the Eucharist, and the donated food and toiletries will be delivered during this week to Foodbank4Whitby, where it will go to help those in need in our town.

Posted On: 06/10/2014

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