On Sunday morning, St Paul’s Church, Hasland held its harvest festival celebrations during the Family Mass, which was led by the Rector of Hasland, Fr Malcolm Ainscough. The children and young people of the church were involved in much of the service, including the Bible readings, the prayers and the Prayer of Consecration, and they gave a special presentation based on life for a young girl in the Brazilian rain forests, harvesting food and Brazil nuts there, illustrating that, by working together, they can complete their tasks. The sketch illustrated this concept by showing how difficult it is to peel a carrot with a tin opener!
The young people involved were Rhian Ainscough, Martin Basford, Assunta Esposito, Alyssa and Lauren Ward, Sarah Musk, Alexia Arnold, Isobel Pook and Sally Ann Mather.
During the service members of the congregation presented their gifts of tinned foods, which will be given to the Clay Cross Food Bank later this week.
During the service, Fr Malcolm Ainscough also presented the Sunday School children with their gifts of books: Sarah and Andrew Musk, Caitlin and Isobel Pook, Bethany and Libby Gillatt, Ruby Revill, Helena Bond and Alexia Arnold, and thanked the Sunday School teachers for their work and dedication throughout the year: Jacqueline Etherington, Ann Richardson, Shirley Gillatt and Ruth Bailey.
After the service the congregation enjoyed tea and coffee, and tucked into birthday cake to celebrate Mavis Harrison’s 80th birthday.