HASLAND: Harvest festival celebration at Methodist Church

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Last weekend saw the celebration of harvest festival at Hasland Methodist Church, when Deacon Mavis Plater led the morning service. Passages were read from the Old and New Testaments by Joyce Offiler and Val Gratton. During the first hymn the congregation, including members from 1st Hasland Guides, were invited to bring their harvest gifts to the front of the church.

This year it was decided to support the Trussell Trust Chesterfield Foodbank, by collecting items of tin foods, soups, pasta for the harvest effort. There was a display of fresh harvest produce which had been arranged by members of 1st Hasland Guides.

The evening ‘Songs of Praise’ service was arranged by members of the church. Senior steward Val Gratton opened the service, and the congregation were invited to choose a favourite hymn. Bernard Offiler read out the hymn ‘Service and Influence’ by Anne Bronte from the old Methodist hymn book, and two pieces of verse were read by Maureen Fidler and Joyce Offiler. Organist Clive Ellis introduced the hymns and encouraged everyone during the singing. Val Gratton led the closing prayers after an evening of fellowship, which ended with refreshments served by Anne Brittain.

The harvest festival community lunch on the Monday was well supported by members, family and friends, who enjoyed a three-course meal served by Maureen Fidler and her team. The fresh fruit and vegetables from the harvest service were put out to sell. Proceeds from the lunch will go towards the community project. Thanks go to everyone who supported the lunch, and for the hard work involved in planning the harvest weekend.