Our Harvest Appeal 2017 is in support of Joshua Den, a project committed to fighting the issue of poverty in Wigan with the love of Christ and spiritual/physical support and guidance. Joshua Den consists of a Night Shelter and Discipleship Community based at St George’s Centre. We will be joined by Mark and Adam who lead Joshua’s Den and they will be speaking at both of our services on Sunday 8th October 2017.
Our Bible reading for our Harvest services this year is Isaiah 58, a passage that describes the fasting that the Lord desires. Basil the Great, writing in the 4th Cen- tury, said; ‘When someone strips a man of his clothes, we call him a thief. And one who might clothe the naked and does not – should not he be given the same name? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat in your wardrobe belongs to the naked; the shoes you let rot belong to the barefoot; the money in your vaults be- long to the destitute.’ Both Basil the Great and the prophet Isaiah are calling us to see that true fasting is both an attitude and an action. It should be a lifestyle. Sharing with others helps us to appreciate God’s gracious provision. When we recognise all that God gives us it is right to both celebrate and give thanks and share and support those in need. This Harvest may we hear God’s invitation to both a feast and a fast. We will celebrate together all that He provides by eating beef barms at 12 pm after our morning services and give generously to supporting the work of Joshua Den.