Creationtide / Season of Creation
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.
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A prayer for Harvest
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.
Resources for clergy
Harvest at Church
Decorate the church, take photos and use on social media/website. Invite people to visit, give thanks, offer a prayer walk around and in church.
Hold a Harvest Festival Celebration in church and, if possible, online using Facebook / YouTube.
Promote The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2022.
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 #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.