Creationtide or the Season of Creation is the period in the annual church calendar, from 1 September to 4 October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. The theme for the Season of Creation 2020 is Jubilee for the Earth. Jubilee is a time of rest for the land from exploitation, and to restore ecosystems and people.
One of the key events during Creationtide is Harvest. In 2020, most churches will not be able to celebrate Harvest in the traditional way.
We do hope the following resources and ideas will inspire you.
A prayer for Harvest 2020
we give thanks for those who produce our food:
for farmers and fishermen, factory and shop workers.
We pray for those for whom this has been a difficult year:
farmers who have battled the weather to grow food,
delivery drivers and shop workers who kept working despite the pandemic.
Help us to value and support each other.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2020
Look out for details of this years appeal from early September
Resources for clergy
Harvest at Church
Decorate the church, take photos and use on social media/website. Note - If risk assessment in place, church can be open for private prayer and reflection so during a week of Harvest people could be invited to visit, give thanks, offer a prayer walk around and in church.
Hold an online Harvest Festival Celebration using Facebook / YouTube.
Display information on The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2020 in church.
Put a banner up outside the church to Thank Farmers.
Encourage schools to engage through art-work and voucher scheme for donations to food banks.
Harvest at Home
Take photos of your own harvest in gardens or the creation enjoyed to display in services, on social media. Link with @dioceseofderby using hashtag #thankourfarmers and/or #harvesthanks.
Gather pledges on actions people can do to care for creation, e.g. make bird boxes etc.
Make an online donation to The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal and use your social media accounts to promote the appeal across your network.
Play recorded Harvest music.
Host a Harvest at Home meal and offer thanks. Try to use all locally “home grown” food or cook a special meal, and say a special grace.