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Junior Girls Learn the Origins of the Harvest Festival

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

  • Harvest donations
  • Harvest lesson
  • Harvest assembly

Junior Girls at Bolton School enjoyed a fascinating assembly learning about the Reverend Robert Stephen Hawker who, as a Cornish Anglican priest, introduced the first Harvest Festival on 13 September 1843. Whilst the offerings of bread, fruit and vegetables have now largely been replaced by tinned products, the sentiment to help those in need remains the same.

The girls were lucky to have two speakers in their assembly this year and also learnt that they "are planted here for a purpose" and that is to help other people less fortunate than themselves. They were reminded that sometimes we need to put a sticking plaster on the world and help those that are struggling day in and day out or others that are just having a bad week.  

Six girls helped relate a parable about good seeds and bad seeds growing together and a farmer struggling to separate the two – they were told that this is because it is God’s job, not ours, to decide at Harvest time who are the good and bad seeds.

All contributions from the collection went to Urban Outreach’s Winter Watch campaign and will help the poor in the town. 

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