Harvest Weekend at St John’s
18 September – Service to commemorate 75 years since the end of World War II
The choir members had been rehearsing this music whenever possible according to Covid restrictions, but were not sure until a week before whether it would be possible to go ahead. Thankfully there were no new instructions from the government to close churches, so all was well. The service took the format of anthems, hymns, Bible readings, poetry and prayers, all relating to the search for peace and remembering those who sacrificed much during the war. Our Chaplain, as a military historian, gave a very pertinent and moving homily, reminding each of us of our individual responsibility to propagate peace. There was a small congregation, carefully spaced to comply with distancing regulations and wearing masks. We were pleased to welcome some visitors. Jane El-Safty had prepared the Harvest flowers in time for the concert, and they looked beautiful. The service was recorded, as are our weekly Sunday morning services, and can be found on YouTube.
20 September – Harvest Festival Service
The choir once again led the service and sang the harvest anthem “God in his love for us” by Malcolm Archer, but the congregation was also in full voice, enjoying harvest hymns old and new. We took this opportunity to have a Gift Day, when extra giving was requested to cover the deficit let by the absence of so many people during lockdown, and the response was very generous. St John’s has many faithful supporters who give their time, talents and money unsparingly, for which we are very grateful. Sadly, due to inclement weather, we were unable to have our planned Harvest picnic on Le Dramont beach.