St Barnabas and St Philip’s celebrated Harvest Festival on Friday 29 September, and two Year 6 pupils, Nancy Jenkins and Luca Jankovic, have written a special report each for the St Philip’s newsletter on their Harvest Festival experiences.
On Friday 27th September we all went to St. Philip’s church to attend the School Harvest Festival. As we entered the huge church we listened to the graceful music. When everyone was settled down Father David came up to the front and gave us a warm welcome to the church.
Soon after the welcome we stood up to sing our first hymn ‘Hooray for Harvest’. Afterwards, we listened to a reading which was from Psalm 100 and was read perfectly by Harry. Our next hymn was quickly introduced and we started to sing ‘Autumn Days’. Autumn Days was one of my favourite songs since YB and it has a lovely tune. Lots of food was brought.
After our hymn Adam bravely stood up to read a reading from Luke 17.11-19. Next we sang ‘Paintbox’ and then we finished off with prayers read by: Felicity, Nancy, Stefanya and Cidron. We had to be very silent during the prayer as it is a time to pray to God! We then sang ‘O praise ye the Lord’.
I must say that it was sad when we left but still I am not that sad because I go to the church every Sunday.
The loud chatter of year six slowly died down as we entered St Philip’s church. I gulped and tightened my grasp on my prayer as I thought about reading it aloud. Carefully I placed my can of beans and tin of sweetcorn under my chair. Once everyone was seated and listening peacefully to the loud organ, Father David started the service. I sighed to myself and watched the tiny Receptions kicking their legs and looking at the stained glass window fascinated by their beauty.
Soon the time came for the choir to sing, alone. I took a deep breath and sang, I’m not sure it sounded great but I did my best. My cheeks started burning when Father David started his second talk for I knew soon it would be time for me to read my prayer in front of everyone! Father David’s speech soon came to an end and I felt like my insides were being turned inside out as I waited for my turn to speak. I listened carefully to Felicity say Amen and then stepped forward.
I cleared my throat and started. “Amen” I said and then sighed when I realised that I had done it. ‘I have done it! I read the prayer I wrote to everyone’, I thought returning to my seat and shivering with delight. On the way back me and my partner, Felicity, discussed the service and how worried we were about reading our prayers. The rest of the day I had a warm bubbly feeling that I loved and I am positive it was because of the Harvest Festival.