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Big Street Harvest Weekend

 
Street Harvest Church in the Somerset town of Street is having a big harvest weekend celebration. The events mark the end of a year which has seen them transform a town centre community space and run projects which are attracting many people to try church for the first time.
 
The Crispin Hall, a town centre community centre was built 125 years ago. Street Harvest Church, which meets in a local school, took on the task of refurbishing the ‘Upper Room’ and upper room on launch daynow it is used for outreach, café events, youth clubs, music and by local groups for the whole town.
 
The church also runs a project distributing sandwiches donated by Pret-a-Manger to help feed vulnerable women and homeless people. A local Anglican church, working closely with them, is donating their Harvest festival collection to be distributed as part of the celebrations.
 
Dylan Thomas, Pastor at Street Harvest Church said: “Street is a town that is quite diverse. There are very affluent areas but also quite a lot of needy vulnerable people. Pret-a-Manger gives us surplus sandwiches once a week. We collect them and as long as they are eaten by 2pm the next day we provide lunch for young mums and their kids, many of whom are in difficult situations. We take food to some elderly and homeless people in the area.”
 
This weekend, 5-7 October, the church is running a Big Street Harvest Festival, celebrating the year and taking the opportunity to be thankful and impact the community.
  
Saturday will see a family fun day in the library gardens in the town centre. On Saturday evening there will be a live café and testimonies in the Upper Room, where there is a lounge area and pool table. Celebrations continue on Sunday with dedications and a focus on how people can connect in their community. Sunday ends with baptisms in the local swimming pool and a version of Wednesday church on a Sunday.
 
Wednesday Church 
Dylan continues: “We want to demonstrate to Street that we love all people because God does too. It has been so exciting this past year to see what God has done.
 
“Wednesday church started with suppers and an Alpha course seven years ago and has now developed into an informal expression of Church. Many who came at first were homeless from diverse cultural backgrounds or on the edge of our community, but over time these amazing people have made it their own and now they reach out to others. It is still amazing to see 90% unchurched people coming; a massive mix of ages and even guys playing pool in the background or sobering up.”

Street Harvest Church
 

Lucy Cooper, 04/10/2012



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