Sunday, 7 October 2012

All is safely gathered in...

This weekend was our Harvest Festival, the church was beautifully festooned with flowers, tins and packets of food.  We decided to contribute by bringing some of our own harvest - vegetables, flowers and home made jam - as a more traditional display:

Harvest is from the Old English word hærfest, meaning "autumn" and traditionally celebrates the successful gathering in of all the crops from the farms.  People would celebrate with a meal called a harvest supper with feasting and dancing.   The modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall.  We did both of these, with a harvest hop on the Saturday (with much terrible dancing) and the festival on the sunday.

Come, ye thankful people, come, raise the song of harvest home;
All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin.


  1. That looks a fine harvest from your garden.
    I had no idea that Harvest Festivals in churches were a Victorian idea. No doubt there have always been harvest celebrations, originating in pagan ways of marking the seasons of the year.

  2. I should've said that the pumpkin was bought, but the other basket veg and apples were grown by our family. Yes I think there were always celebrations for harvest, but the church harvest festival seems much more modern. Still, I love it!