Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday 9 October 2011

The morning service on 9 October will take the form of all-age worship, with the children participating in the service.

At both services we will be collecting basic necessities for the St Mungo’s Project based in Endell Street.  St Mungo’s is a charity which runs a number of projects to support vulnerable people at risk of homelessness, offering high support accommodation and specialist care to ensure that people at real risk of sleeping rough do not end up on the streets.  They also offer support and practical assistance to help people move from a housing project to their own home.

The following items would be very much appreciated by the charity:

Basic toiletries: shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, disposable razors, shaving soap

Items for winter: warm socks, hats, gloves, scarves (unused, please)

Non-perishable foodstuffs: teabags, coffee, sugar, pasta, rice.

There will also be a retiring offering at both services in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for East Africa.  The congregation has already shown great generosity in an earlier offering for this cause, giving a total of £499.95.  But the crisis continues, as over 10 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan have been left in need of food, water and emergency healthcare because of one of the worst droughts in 60 years.  Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Somalia because of drought and conflict and parts of the country are now afflicted by famine.  So it seems particularly appropriate that, as we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving and praise God for his goodness to us here, we should remember those who are suffering in other parts of the world.

Your support for both these worthy causes will be greatly appreciated.