Autumn Occasions 06
'All is Safely Gathered in...'

The 2006 Harvest Festival service this year was also, on the first Sunday of October, the occasion of the last of the year's experimental 'All-age Worship' services.

Fr Mark Waters and the Mission Group team who, with Fr Neil,  have been responsible for the preceding special ten acts of family worship, had again put together a varied and colourful order of service. The worship featured an action sermon, the uniformed organisations on parade, young people leading the prayers, a 'signed' Lord's Prayer for the hard of hearing, and a baptism round the font. Following the service, many of the congregation gathered to evaluate this past year's special worship services, to reflect with pleasure on their colourful variety and their sucess in attracting more young people to church, and to make suggestions for the future.

Following the evaluation, a handout was produced, laying out the history of the experiment, and quoting the reactions of those who responded. To read this handout, illustrated by pictures of the highlights of the year's services, click here

Chris Price's pictures of the service show much of the action, including the spraying of those too near the font by the celebrant. In the final picture, Fr Mark is sporting the new 'fruits of the earth' stole made by the Junior Church.

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