Harvest of Food from Around the World
Focusing on the harvest of food from around the world will make everyone more aware of where their food comes from. It is quite amazing how many farmers and manufacturers are involved in producing the food we put on our tables.
Organise a Harvest Workshop to prepare the church for the Harvest Festival service. During the workshop make posters and banners. The banners can show the names of everyday products (see Gallery photos). You might also put the names of the countries that produce the products. The Fairtrade logo could be included on the posters and banners. Cut out some of the letters for the banners from the sheets of Fairtrade logos (see How to Make).
In advance of the Harvest Festival service invite the congregation to look at the food they have in their cupboards at home and be prepared to report back which countries it was produced in. Kitchen cupboards might contain some of the following:
Baked beans – Italy, Mustard – France, Sweet Corn – Thailand, Tinned Apricots – South Africa, Tinned Pineapple – Indonesia, Coffee – Columbia, Rice – India.
People may bring dried and tinned goods to donate to the church. Either during the workshop if they have been brought in advance, or during the service, ask the children to look and see where this food comes from.
Harvest might be a good opportunity to remind people in the church congregation to try to buy Fairly Traded goods.
The theme for the Harvest Festival could be ONE BODY SHARING ONE BREAD (see Gallery photos) because as we share Communion we are all One Body sharing the One Bread. As well as praising God for all the food we have which we should share we are celebrating that we are the Body of Christ.
Make a stole with One Body Sharing One Bread on it (see Gallery photos).
Decorate candles with the words One Body Sharing One Bread (see Gallery photo and How to Make).
There is a wonderful children’s book called The World Came To My Place Todayby Dr Jo Readman and Ley Honor Roberts (published by Eden Children’s Books 2004).
It is an excellent book which highlights to our children where our food comes from.