The Harvest Festival Service typically takes place during the first week in October, and marks the ‘bringing in’ of the Harvest. The church is decorated with the fruits of the Harvest and during the service gifts of food are placed on the altar by the congregation. These gifts, which have been donated by the congregation, local community, and local school children, are then delivered to local charities and local food banks.
During this annual event, the church is also decorated with flowers, and this year, as usual, the flowers were donated by the family of Ivy Cooper in memory of her. Our many thanks go to them for this annual act of kindness.
In the week following the Harvest Festival the church also usually hosts a Harvest Pie & Pea Supper.
In Saint Barnabas church there is a Memorial to those who died in the First and Second World Wars, and each year the church, in association with The Royal British Legion, holds a Service of Remembrance. The church is decorated with poppies and during this service the names of those on the Memorial are read out – some of the names on the Memorial may be relatives of yours and you may wish to attend the service to remember them.