We were pleased to welcome the whole school down to the church at the end of last week, to celebrate this year’s harvest festival. Last year, sadly, most things were cancelled for the usual reasons. Here is a prayer created by the new school chaplains for the event, which is included in these short lines from the school:
“Father, as we celebrate this season of thanksgiving at Harvest, we give thanks for the blessings of food, healing and nourishment. Please grow in us a harvest for the world. Come sow a seed of hope within us, Lord, that we might produce goodness, patience and kindness in abundance. Sow a seed of peace in our lives, Lord, that we might bear the fruits of forgiveness, compassion and righteousness. Come sow a seed of love in our hearts, Lord, that others would reap the blessings of family, friendship and school community. May each seed of hope, peace and love grow within us into a harvest that can be feasted on by all, everyone is included.
“We also reflected on St. Francis of Assisi with his feast being on Monday, thinking about God’s creation and all the beautiful things he has done for each one of us. Our mission is to pray a novena to St. Francis next week as a whole school and to do one thing that helps our environment, for example recycling paper and plastic, taking only one paper towel at school, and picking up litter.
“We also had so many generous donations for the Padley Group from the school community! The children also placed these around our Harvest display, reflecting on those in need and less fortunate than ourselves.
God bless, St Joseph’s School Chaplaincy Team.”
There follow some images from the event.