As rainstorms sweep across northern England, it is clear that autumn is setting in. And autumn means harvest time – traditionally a time of plenty and to celebrate God’s wonderful provision. After all, we believe that he created the crops which we benefit from.
However, this time of year also means that around the world people will be thinking about how they are going to survive another tough winter, storing their produce to get through the dark months ahead, or budgeting as Christmas and the New Year approach.
Next Sunday morning we will be holding our monthly café church service (first Sunday of the month, at 10.30, followed by a free light lunch) and as well as celebrating God’s creation, we are going to talk about a project called Learning for Life in Nepal. Organised by a development charity called Operation Agri, this Christian-led project aims to help people in the mountains south of Kathmandu. In particular, the women in the community are learning about saving and investing their money, and how to farm sustainably and more effectively so that they can support themselves and their families. You can watch their YouTube channel to learn more.
There will be an opportunity for people to donate money to Operation Agri during the service, as well as to bring non-perishable items which will be used closer to home – by the Durham Food Bank. In particular, the Food Bank are asking for UHT milk, men’s toiletries, instant meals (kettle foods), rice, coffee, custard and sponge puddings. They have plenty of baked beans!
The Bible tells us again and again to share what we have with others:
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcome me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. – Matthew 25
Join us next Sunday morning as we strive to do just this for our local community and others around the world.