Welcome to St Aidan's Thorneyburn
for the school harvest thanksgiving
This year we let the Head teacher ring the bell.
After the service the children walked back the half mile to school whilst I collected a cardboard boxful of produce to take by car to the school for them to parcel up as gifts for housebound neighbours.
By the time I arrived with the goods, the plan had changed. Firstly, in view of hardship in the towns, the school suggested sending the tinned and packeted food to a Food Bank. Secondly, too many gifts, not enough local recipients. So I would deliver the non-perishables to the Food Bank collection point and take the surplus fresh fruit and vegetables to some other parishioners. I would return to school in the afternoon after they had sorted everything out.
Each visit led to something else and eventually I was juggling baptism preparation with harvest visits and invitations to a "taster" evening on our new Pilgrim programme and plans for the next Messy Church. Before I knew it, I had to hurry to get to Evening Prayer and to the Rectory to write a note which never got done because of the doorbell. Callers about the Deanery website and readings for Bellingham's Sunday services up to Christmas took us to the evening -- with some undelivered fruit and an(other) unwritten letter.