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Message Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
United Service Harvest Festival - All Saints
“Songs of Praise” (followed by a Harvest Bring and Share Lunch)
The congregations of All Saints Raughton Head, St.Michael’s Dalston and St.John’s Cumdivock filled All Saints Church for this Harvest Festival. The style of this service was “Songs of Praise”. All Saints was bedecked throughout with abundant harvest produce and tables already in place laden with a mouth-watering array of sustenance to whet our post-service appetites.
The Rev. Steve Carter opened by posing the thought-provoking question….
“Do you find it difficult to pray? Why?” (Some guidance is at the end of this account - so read on!)
The first hymn was
“Come ye thankful people come”. (We did indeed!)
Following prayers, the next hymn was chosen by Frances Thomlinson -
“Jerusalem - And did those feet in ancient time”. Why this hymn? Well…. Frances explained her cherished memories of several thousand WI ladies belting this out with great passion at the Royal Albert Hall. Unforgettable!
The local Church of England Primary School Head Teacher, Alison Dickinson, gave a bible reading before directing an enchanting group of school children to captivate us with their wonderful singing….
“Autumn Days”, “Harvest Paint Box”, “Harvest Calypso”, “Harvest Time”. They all truly put their hearts into these songs. The congregation loved it! And the children clearly loved singing.

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A bible reading by Mathew Burbury preceded the next hymn - chosen by Estelle Bainbridge of the Free Church at Gaitsgill - “Yes, God is good: in earth and sky”.
Estelle is inspired by the words of this hymn and has pleasant memories of singing it many times over the years.
After thanksgiving prayers, the next hymn - “
Guide me O thou great Redeemer” - was chosen by Madge Bell; a favourite of Madge’s as it evokes wonderful memories of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with peaceful times spent at Galilee, the River Jordan, the Garden of Gethsemane; a few among many.
The last hymn…. the eternal harvest favourite -
“We plough the fields and scatter.”
The service drew to a close with Steve asking for
“God’s blessing on farms, on the land and on all members of our community. Steve asked for the blessing of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who loves us and comforts us. Poignantly, Steve also asked for God’s blessing on his own heart, and on your heart - this day and always.”
A six-week interactive “Prayer Course” is under way at the Vicarage.
Call Libby Smith on 01228-711583 for details. All welcome.
Eden Valley Hospice and the North Lakes Foodbank received all surplus food from this Harvest Festival.
Davidson Bell - 01228 712772