What on earth has harvest got to do with heaven?
What does ‘Harvest’ mean to believers in UK and overseas?
Gratitude in action – How do beliefs inspire action?
In Harvest Explore!, pupils will reflect on the importance of food for survival and the production and availability of food in UK and overseas. They will recognise that people have different attitudes and levels of access to food, depending on where they live. They will reflect on how belief in God as provider, inspires personal gratitude and can motivate action on behalf of others in both times of plenty and poverty. To understand the context for Christian harvest festivals pupils will consider the Jewish festival of Sukkoth, Feast of Tabernacles, in the Old Testament, which Jesus would have celebrated. They will investigate how the Christian harvest festival has adapted and changed over time, in order to understand what ‘harvest’ means to Christian believers today in the UK and overseas.
Through participating in a ‘Harvest Question Time’ pupils will compare and contrast how Harvest is celebrated individually, locally and globally, for example in the UK and overseas (Mozambique). They will reflect on what they can learn from their overseas neighbour in relation to harvest. They will look at examples of Harvest worship from UK and overseas and consider what the lyrics communicate about beliefs. Pupils will reflect on the fact that Jesus describes himself as ‘Lord of the Harvest’ and how this impacts believers lives and the rituals and purpose of Harvest festivals themselves. In the light of their learning, pupils will consider the concept of ‘harvest of righteousness and the question ‘what on earth has harvest got to do with heaven?’
They will evaluate the impact that organisations like Christian Aid, Tear Fund, and Diocesan Companions for example the Angola, London, Mozambique Association (ALMA), link can have on people’s lives, when motivated by the commandment to love your neighbour as yourself, and to share ‘first fruits’ in terms of friendship, time, expertise and resources.
Pupils will have opportunities to activate a practical expression of gratitude, arising from the learning journey (class or whole school) to share with the local church or linked community overseas, for example in Mozambique. Ideas include designing a ‘live’ campaign for a charity supported by the local church or planning and leading a school harvest festival (Plan of action to be decided by the children)
Opportunities to engage directly with the key concept of loving your neighbour as yourself’, and to engage with citizenship objectives are built into the work through the Diocesan Companion, ALMA network of partnerships between churches and schools in the UK and in Mozambique. Pupils are able to explore ‘live relationships’ between Christian believers in their local church communities and communities in Mozambique that enable them to compare and contrast aspects of Christianity as it is expressed in the UK and overseas’.
Encouraging pupils to consider key questions: ‘What does Harvest mean to me?’ ‘How do Christians respond to the belief that God provides everything?’ and ‘What on earth has harvest got to do with heaven?’ may prompt pupils’ to consider their own experiences and creative ways that they might express these.