Harvest Festival was celebrated at St. Disen’s with a service taken by Revd Keith Gale. As well as prayers offered for farmers, fishermen and those in the food distribution industry, the main focus of the service was on the need to share our good fortune with others, both in this country and world-wide.
Keith spoke about the work of CHAT (Church Housing Aid in Tiverton), for whom he is a volunteer worker and which is one of St. Disen’s regular charities. A collection of items for CHAT was blessed during the service and there was also a special collection for the hurricane relief fund in Indonesia.
After the service, members of the congregation and others enjoyed a splendid three course meal in St. Disen’s Hall. Our thanks to all who helped prepare, serve and clear up afterwards.
Unfortunately, the Harvest Hoe-down, scheduled for October 13th, has had to be cancelled.
Apologies to those who wanted to come, but very few people bought tickets!
Thank you, so much, to all who gave so generously to Church Gift Week. The total collected, including the Gift Aid contributions, was £2,892.
This money will all be spent on repairs to and restoration of the church and church hall.
A lovely e-mail received from our American friends:
We are the descendants of Squire Boone and Squire junior, brother of the famous Daniel. We recently had the pleasure of meeting you and others of your congregation when we visited St Disen’s Church. I decided to send the photo as a thank you for your wonderful hospitality. St Disen’s was on my list of places to visit for many years and it was lovelier than I ever imagined, thanks to you good folks!
Later, we were invited to attend the dedication of the Squire Boone (junior) statue in Shelbyville, Ky. Squire founded the first settlement in the area in 1776 and named it Painted Stone. According to the people of Shelbyville, Daniel wouldn’t have lived so long if it wasn’t for his younger brother, Squire (my 5th great-grandfather) as he saved his life at least three times!
It was wonderful having made both those excursions in the same year. Thank you again for your warm reception. We hope to return someday.
Blessings to you all, Lori. Seattle, Wa. USA
The Bradninch Refugee Support Group is planning to hold a further three collections for good quality clothes, food and toiletries. These will be on Saturdays, September 8th, 15th and 22nd from 10.0am–12noon in St Disen’s Hall.
Support has been amazing in the past— keep it going!!!