HTB celebrates Harvest with family services

    Sunday, 9 October 2011: 8.46pm

    HTB celebrated Harvest Festival with three morning family services today at which scores of shoeboxes containing gifts for children overseas were donated by congregation members.

    The shoeboxes, which contained toys, pens and pencils, puzzles and sweets, will be sent to children in Africa and eastern Europe as part of the Operation Christmas Child initiative.

    The harvest services included a drama at Brompton Road's 9.30am and 11.30am services which featured a scene from a church council meeting at which members discussed the importance of giving. Alpha chaplain Jamie Haith took the part of a retired army general.

    At Onslow Square, a drama at the 11am service was based on the parable of the labourers in the vineyard.

    Welcoming people to the harvest service, Associate Vicar Nicky Lee said, "It is an opportunity to thank God for all the beautiful things that he provides for us - what we eat, what we drink, what we enjoy... all of creation".