Tring Harvest Festival
On 9th October a team of three 2nd Form girls rose to the challenge of leading the annual Parish Church Harvest Festival.
"With an early start of 9am we arrived at the church for a lovely welcoming breakfast with the church committee. After a couple of rehearsals and a pep talk we were ready to go. We were part of the procession into worship. Each of us had individuals readings and prayers before we performed a little sketch. It was adapted by our teacher and tutor Mrs. Bell who was inspired by Fawlty Towers. A customer in a café is presented with the local water that is “hygienically challenging”. This was to explain what the collection was for: the Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal for WaterAid. Specifically, money raised was going to Madagascar where fewer than 1 in 5 families have access to safe water and fewer than 1 in 10 have access to toilets in the more rural areas. Our personal favourite part was dancing along with tambourines to an upbeat hymn called the harvest samba.
Mrs Bell reflected on the event afterwards: "modesty prevents the girls mentioning the great number of compliments received by them from members of the congregation; it was a pleasure working with them. To celebrate our polyglot school community, one of the readings was done in Welsh; well-done and many thanks to Aled Oddy (3rd Form)! Further thanks to our First Form who were part of the procession carrying up the candles, cross and Bible. They then helped receive the harvest gift of goods to those in need in our community. It was good for the pupils who were at this service to see the Church being aware of needs on both a global and local scale. These are issues covered in both the PSHE and Geography curriculum.
Follow this link to the see part of the wonderful harvest loaf https://www.instagram.com/p/BLVqbsDAzcE/?taken-by=tringparish
Also created in the service was the Tring logo in apples for the local award-winning brewery which was hosting a beer and hymns sell out event; who said the Church was boring?! https://www.instagram.com/p/BLVyDOZAeY3/?taken-by=tringparish