LIFE Vision – IMAGINATION
The ‘I’ in the LIFE Vision of our parish church stands for ‘Imagination.’ This aspect of our vision is about using our God-given imagination to be creative in our worship of God. Christians believe that God is the creator of heaven and earth, and see all acts of worship as being our way of saying ‘thank you’ to God. At harvest time it seems obvious that Christians should say a special ‘thank you’ to God, but Harvest Festival Services are a recent creation.
Before the middle of the 19th Century, harvest celebrations in Britain were more secular than spiritual. Thanks to the creativity of the Reverend Robert Hawker, harvest became a fixture in the Church’s calendar. On Sunday 1st October 1843, he introduced a Harvest Festival Service in his parish of Morwenstow, Cornwall. In celebrating harvest in church, Hawker didn’t want to take the fun out of harvest, but to make people more mindful of its true meaning. He hoped that the service would encourage people to thank God, and see life as having a spiritual dimension.
Secular & Spiritual
The word secular comes from a Latin word meaning ‘the world’ or ‘temporal,’ and means ‘not connected to a religion.’ The word spiritual comes from a Latin word meaning ‘breathing’ or ‘wind’ and means ‘relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.’
All Saints & All Souls
Christians celebrate two great festivals in November – All Saints’ Day (1 November) and All Souls’ Day (2 November). In our church we celebrate All Saints’ Day in a quiet way on the 1 November (unless it’s a Sunday), and then pull out all stops for a big celebration on the first Sunday in November – All Saints’ Sunday.
We always celebrate All Souls Day on the actual day, and this year it’s on a Thursday. At 10.00 am (said) and 7.00 pm (sung) we will be holding special services in church in which we light candles to remember our departed loved ones. All are welcomed to attend.