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Harvest Festival


This year we’re using harvest as an opportunity to ask you to help people at home and abroad.

The harvest festival will take place on 6 October 2019 and the guest speaker will be John Holdsworth, Archdeacon of Cyprus and the Gulf.

About John Holdsworth


Born in Yorkshire in 1949, Dr John Holdsworth has served most of his ministry life within the Church in Wales. He has over thirty years’ experience as a parish priest to complement his other interests and prior to his appointment to the Diocese he was Archdeacon of St Davids in South West Wales. At various times he has held positions within the social responsibility structures of the Church in Wales, the Council of Churches for Wales and the Church of England.

From 1997 to 2003 he was principal of St Michaels Theological College in Cardiff and lecturer in the Religious and Theological Studies Department at Cardiff University, where he later became dean of Theology, and where he taught till 2010. During his time at Cardiff he inaugurated the programme for Chaplaincy Studies, one of his key interests. Cardiff is now the leading centre for Chaplaincy Studies in the UK. For ten years John was also the principal presenter of religious programmes for what was formerly HTV Wales and has been involved in the process of making 150 such programmes, some of which have been nominated for awards.

Archdeacon John took up his position as Executive Archdeacon for the Diocese, Archdeacon in Cyprus and Chaplain of St Helena Larnaca in December 2010. John is married to Sue and they have two grown up children and four grandchildren.

Supporting people in need at home & abroad

If you would like to bring food items as your harvest offering, then these will be donated to our local Food Bank to bless families in need. A typical food parcel includes:

  • Cereal

  • Soup

  • Pasta

  • Rice

  • Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce

  • Lentils, beans and pulses

  • Tinned meat

  • Tinned vegetables

  • Tea/coffee

  • Tinned fruit

  • Biscuits

  • UHT milk

  • Fruit juice

The food bank also accepts essential non-food items such as toiletries and hygiene products.

In addition to helping people at home, we will also be asking for financial donations to support the work of Christian Aid in India, and around the world, where their projects are helping communities to break through the social and economic exclusion that’s holding them back. The following video will help you see the real difference that you’re money can make.

Earlier Event: 29 September
Explorers Family Funday
Later Event: 8 October
Harvest Supper