Pulford Lower’s Harvest Trail
6th November 2017
Following on from the success of the ‘Experience’ trails two years ago, All Saints Church in Leighton Buzzard worked alongside Pulford VA CofE Lower School to create a fresh and thought-provoking Christian approach to the festival of Harvest. In the first week of October, over 600 children from across the town’s lower schools visited the church where they were invited to interact with four Harvest-related stations:
Harvest of the Grain explored the Parable of the Sower where children were asked to think about those countries where growing crops is difficult. The activity involved laying pebbles and scooping sand to represent drought. On a thorn bush, children wrote names of countries that struggle with growing food because of war. They also gave thanks for all of the good food we have in this country by placing wheat in a planter.
Harvest of the Sea invited the children to give thanks for the bounty of our seas and those who work on them, as well as reflecting on how we must care for endangered species. They also remembered how Jesus calmed the storm on the sea and how he may bring calm today.
At Harvest of the Fruits, children were welcomed to a wonderful forest of fruit trees – with a difference! ‘Fruits of the Spirit ‘ grew on these trees and children were invited to pick a fruit of the spirit from a tree and put the example into practice in their daily life. We tasted sweet fruit and sour fruit and talked about how we can be ‘good fruit’ people.
The final station explored Harvest of the Souls. Moving and thought-provoking, it explored the wonder of human creation and how diverse and special we all are by drawing on St Paul’s letters in the New Testament. Children were invited to write their name on a leaf and hang it on the ‘tree of life’, and to also light a candle for those family members or pets they may have loved and lost.
The team organising the event received an overwhelmingly positive response from all teachers and children involved and feel they were able to take thinking about Harvest to a new, deeper, and more meaningful level.