Bev, our Rest Homes Team Leader, has been out to many homes across the city with a Harvest message over the last month we asked her how it went:
“It’s amazing how people remember the traditional harvest hymns such as ‘We Plough the Fields and Scatter’, although they are only sung once a year. In the first part of our Harvest service we considered all the provision God has for us by looking at a basket of foods and remembering which people’s favourites are and what it was like when food was rationed. Then we took the opportunity to thank God for everything he has given us.
In the second half of the service we looked at Matthew 4:4 ’It is written that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ It is easy to be too engrossed in our physical needs and neglect our spiritual health. We eat three times a day with snacks in between, but how often do we read the Bible and pray? The residents who are able are encouraged to read the Bible, if they need one I can arrange to get them one. We also offer a booklet with a months’ worth of one verse Bible readings in large print, which is much more accessible for many. We also encourage the residents to pray each day to develop their relationship with God and offer pray with each person at the end of the service.”