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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

I write in the week following our village ‘Harvest Fair’ which proved to be a very enjoyable and successful event, bringing together many people from across the community and beyond. After the long period of time when we have been restricted in who we can meet, it was good to catch up with people we realised we hadn’t seen for many months.

It is important to recognise that this event, like similar occasions, could not happen without the hard work and careful planning of a small number of people. It is therefore appropriate to offer our thanks to the organising committee who spent so much time and energy working to ensure that the Fair was such a great success. This involved not only a lot of time and effort on the day but more significantly, many months of thought and preparation leading up to it! Thank you to all of you from all of us who value this event as a highlight in the annual calendar.

October is the month when many communities celebrate the gifts of the harvest, at the heart of which is the reminder to say ‘thank you’! For people of faith this is centred on the call to acknowledge the gifts of God in creation and the bounty of goods that we so readily enjoy and too easily take for granted. Maybe this year, following the restrictions and the enjoyment of the ‘Harvest Fair’, we realise the importance of living together in a community and the many blessings we receive through each other.

At St Mary’s Church we celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 3rd October at 10.30am. We are encouraging people to bring an item produced locally to add to a display of Sussex produce which we will encourage people to buy afterwards. This ensures there will be no waste of these precious gifts, while at the same time, raise some money for ‘Turning Tides’, a local charity working with the homeless in our county.

The prayer attributed to St Francis states “..it is in giving that we receive..” Many of us know that this is true and yet this truth so often slips from our minds!

With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr Paul Seaman (Rector of Pulborough)


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