There's a chance to stop eating curry for breakfast from 22nd September - 7th October. Our rural affairs chappy has sent some stuff on British Food Fortnight, which might make for some creative outreach uses of the Harvest season. Jesus seemed to like meeting people over food, and quite a lot of folk will be having their Alpha launch suppers around that time as well. Maybe I should do a sponsored eat, as there'll be so much food doing the rounds.
The blurb for BFF and churches includes this bit:
Among the possibilities you may consider:
· Link with other people who may be doing something in British Food Fortnight, e.g. local shops, pubs, farms, markets, restaurants, hotels & schools. www.britishfoodfortnight.co.uk lists events and who is taking part.
· Get in touch with your local school and offer to help them celebrate British food and farming as well as harvest festival. www.yearoffoodandfarming.org.uk has lots of ideas on how to do this.
· Offer space in church literature, parish magazines, community newsletters for mention of what others are planning or doing for British Food Fortnight and flag worship as being part of the event.
· Add elements to your harvest thanksgiving that will make it even more appealing to those who do not normally come – the young, shop workers, migrant workers, cooks/chefs, food processors, retailers, farmers.
· Explore how raw materials turn into the finished product – cooking utensils, shopping trolleys, tasting opportunities as well as a procession of raw materials and finished products.
· If others are holding events talk to them and offer a small additional worship element, even just an opening prayer and an easy to sing item.
· Arrange a Harvest Supper on a farm with local food and drink, a short act of worship in a barn and finish with a barn dance or similar.
· Ensure that any church catering, particularly during this fortnight, uses local food and drink and Fair Trade products.
· Contact local organisations that have a meal as part of their life e.g. Schools, Rotary, Lunch Clubs, Old People’s Homes and suggest they organise a special British Food Fortnight meal and offer someone from the church as a speaker.
I'm making contact with the local garden centre to see if we can do a Harvest/Pet blessing thing around then. Anyone else in Yeovil area feel inspired, or sufficiently hungry.....?