Embrace launches new Harvest resources

 

We’re delighted to announce we’ve published an exciting set of new FREE resources, which are perfect for churches to use as part of expressing their thanksgiving and generosity this Harvest. Take a look here.

We’re not the only ones excited about them. We shared them with the Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Rev Rachel Treweek, who recently visited Egypt with us. And she said:

‘These new resources are an excellent offering for worshipping communities. I am sure they will bring significant life and depth to any Harvest service or supper they are used at, and I value the generosity of them being offered as something churches can use on their own or alongside other activities they want to support, perhaps locally.’

What’s in the resources?

There’s a whole range of rich and engaging materials available. And they’ve been carefully designed in a ‘pick and mix’ way so church leaders can choose what works best for their context.

The pack includes:

  • the Leader’s guide to take you through everything we’ve prepared and how you might like to use it step by step
  • our Seed prayer cards
  • inspiring Worship resources including:
    • our story: ‘Growing new futures’
    • a wonderfully harvest-y all-age talk
    • creative and written prayers for different parts of your service
    • lots of inspiring information about Egypt, Christianity there, the Coptic Orthodox Church and El-Nayrouz (or Coptic New Year), a special feast which happens at a similar time to Harvest in the UK!
  • a Children’s activity sheet
  • a Table mat with special Harvest grace, and engaging information about ‘Growing new futures’ and our focus country, Egypt
  • some mouth-watering Middle Eastern Recipes
  • PowerPoint presentations of our ‘Growing new futures’ story and prayers
  • Posters to advertise your event and more…

But the central thing we’re inviting everyone to join in with is the same – however long they have available, and whether they’re planning to celebrate Harvest with a special service and/or a supper event…

We’re asking them to sow seeds of change with us. Yes, with Embrace. But more crucially, with our Christian partners in Egypt and the enterprising individuals they are helping there to grow new, life-giving futures for their families.

We’re asking each individual in church to sow their seeds of change using our special Seed packets. The details on how to order enough Seed packets is in the resource pack, or you can order these for everyone in your church here.

There are two kinds of seeds we’re asking people to put in these Seed packets: prayers, and – if they can afford it – donations. And to help with this Seed prayer cards and Gift Aid envelopes are both available.

All the money we receive this Harvest will be sent to support our partners in Egypt. And all the prayers returned to us will be taken out to Anafora, who will receive these on behalf of everyone we work with in the country. We’ll even be sharing pictures of this special presentation at embraceme.org/sowseeds later in the year.

So order your pack today!

Click here to see all the resources and here to order your pack.

If you have any questions, or want to speak to someone before you order, call our friendly Supporter Care team on 01494 897950.