Harry had the loveliest garden in the village and each time the vicar passed by he
would call out to Harry, Your garden is a thing of beauty. The Lord and you must
“Thank you, vicar,” Harry would reply with a slight bow.
This went on for weeks, even months. Every day – in fact sometimes twice a day –
when the vicar passed to and from church, he would call out, “The Lord and you must
This began to annoy Harry immensely. He knew that it was meant to be a compliment,
but it still annoyed him.
So, the next time the vicar called out, “Your garden, it is truly fruitful. The Lord
and you must be partners,” Harry shouted back, “That may be true, vicar! But you
should have seen this garden when the Lord had it to himself!”
What a lovely story... there is a lot of truth in the idea that we humans and God
are partners in the care and cultivation of creation. Yet I can totally agree with
Harry's sentiments as Margaret and myself have been battling with the weeds in our
garden, growing as quickly, if not more quickly than the plants. God makes everything
flourish....and maybe that isn't a bad thing at all – especially when it comes to
Harvest Thanksgiving is one of the few times during the year when the church's focus
is on the goodness of God's creation. It is a chance for each of us to be mindful
of God's generosity to us, who provides us with food and nourishes us with all the
good things of life.
Let us take a moment to bring to mind what we are grateful for, what good things
we have been provided with in the past year – and especially what we are grateful
for from creation – whether it is our garden, our food and drink, our family and
friends or just the beauty of where we live.
Lord God, at this harvest time,
we acknowledge that all good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above.
Help us to receive them gratefully,
to us them wisely,
and to share them unselfishly,
as good stewards of your bounty,
for the sake of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Every blessing to you,
Canon Dave Perkins 19th Sept. 2020
Canon Dave’s Weekly Message
Many thanks to all who those who have donated gifts for the Harvest Festival at St.
Peter's this Sunday. On Sunday 4th October a Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be
held at St. Anne's and once again gifts will be gratefully received.
Everything you donate will be delivered to Padley House in Derby. This Homeless Hub
is open 7 days a week, 365 days per year and comprises a 12 room hostel and a drop
in day centre.
To give you an idea of the size and scope of the operation at the Homeless Centre,
over a year the following levels of activity take place;
26,000+ visits from people in need of services and/or support
21,900 meals are cooked and served
2,000+ emergency food parcels are prepared and issued
80 – 100 residents are accommodated and supported at the hostel
Homelessness is about more than rooflessness. It's not just about physical space,
it has a legal and social dimension. A home provides roots, identity, a sense of
belonging and it is a place of emotional well-being. Homelessness is about the loss
of all these. It is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are
some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in society.
The services Padley House offer are designed to help clients build the skills and
capacity to address their issues and rebuild their confidence and resilience, to
enable their move-on from homelessness and chaotic lives into a better future.
Every person visiting the Centre will have had a journey unique to them, they will
have come from different backgrounds and sectors of society.
Let us thank God for those who work at Padley House and endeavour to make a difference
to peoples lives.