Celebrating Harvest in Macosquin Village on 29th and 30th September
The harvest celebrations in Macosquin were memorable and launched the new vision of the United Diocese of Derry and Raphoe in the parish, ‘Growing Deeper, Growing Closer, Growing Wider.’
The approach to the church featured a vintage tractor, farming machinery, sheep, goats and a Shetland pony. The entrance foyer and church interior were be decorated by teams of people who worked together to illustrate different harvest themes with imaginative displays, reflecting the harvest of land and sea, and the bountiful provision of God the Creator and Sustainer of this planet and of all life. The wonders of creation and life on this planet were illustrated by examples of human creativity, music, and aspects of the hospitality for which the parish church is renowned.
An important part of the message of this harvest weekend was featured in the window beside the pulpit in which Lorna Doherty, helped by Virginia Anderson, depicted the Parable of the Sower in an imaginative display. Seeds of faith streamed from an open Bible onto rocky ground and weed-
The whole church had been decorated to remind us that God’s people are called not only to be thankful, but to be fruitful and generous in their response to his abundant generosity. Some of the gifts of the congregation used in the decorations were later distributed amongst elderly people in the parish and local community. Offerings at the services were our first contribution to the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal Fund special project this year, in which we will play our part, helping to provide thousands of mosquito nets for Nigeria, where the scourge of malaria causes an unbelievable number of deaths annually.
The first Harvest Thanksgiving service on the Saturday included the baptism of infants David Heaton and Danny Hutchinson. The preacher was Canon Harry Gilmore from Ramelton Parish in the Diocese of Raphoe. The Service was followed by a Harvest Home Social with a fork Supper in the Parish Hall. The entertainment included music and song by Erin Teacy and Lauren Hutchinson, video-
The following day was ‘Back to Church Sunday’, when we were delighted to welcome friends who are not regular church attenders with us, but came to share the experience of the worship and fellowship of the parish church. The day began with a quiet reflective Communion Thanksgiving service at 9.00am, followed by a cooked breakfast.
The main service at 10.30am was an act of worship for all ages, in which the Sunday Club children played an active part. One highlight was the dedication of two new sets of beautiful Donegal tweed liturgical colours, donated in thanksgiving and presented by Canon Gerry Carson, Mrs Florence Logan and Mr David Heaton. These will not only enhance the beauty of the church, but also represent different seasons of the church year. The preacher was Archdeacon Scott Harte of the Diocese of Raphoe.