Lesson 6 – Worship in Harvest celebrations in the UK and overseas

What forms of worship are used as part of the Harvest celebration in the UK and overseas?

In this lesson pupils will reflect on  what they found out about Harvest in the UK and overseas from the Harvest Question time (Lesson 5), and compare and contrast Harvest in the UK and overseas. They will look at examples of hymns, songs and psalms to find out what they communicate about a believer’s viewpoint about food and harvest, comparing UK and overseas. Pupils will consider what inspires a believer to write a psalm, compose a  song, or paint a picture as an expression of worship. They will work together to compose their own songs and images.

Key Questions

What forms of worship are used as part of the Harvest celebration in the UK and overseas?

How do the psalms and other forms of worship communicate a believer’s viewpoint about food and Harvest?

Learning objectives

  • To identify examples of worship such as psalms and prayers that show how Christian believers link food with beliefs about God
  • To understand why special  hymns  and prayers are used at Harvest times

Starter

What forms of worship are used as part of the Harvest celebration in the UK and overseas?

Find out what pupils already know about different forms of congregational worship in UK and overseas(e.g Mozambique): singing, prayer, speaking, dancing, creating artwork, flower arrangements, banners. How does the school celebrate harvest? What songs and prayers are used?  Look at some examples e.g. UK – we plough the fields and scatter.

Main activity

How do the psalms and other forms of worship communicate a believer’s viewpoint about food and harvest?

Look at Bible Text Psalm 104

Ask pupils to imagine that they are reading the psalm from a believer’s viewpoint and think about how it inspires them to believe in God as Creator and provider of food to all living creatures.

What other times in a believers life might prayers be used that express gratitude for God’s provision? Eg graces at  mealtimes, The Lord’s Prayer

Listen to and read the lyrics of Harvest hymns and songs from the UK and overseas.
e.g – ‘We plough the fields and scatterLyrics, melody and video

Consider what might inspire the hymn or song writer to compose a piece for Harvest celebration.
How does worship and celebrating harvest help strengthen  a Christian believer’s faith in God as provider,  and develop a sense of gratitude to God?

Plenary

Pupils work in pairs to write a hymn or song, choreograph a dance, compose a poem or acrostic grace from a believer’s viewpoint to show gratitude to God for food and water.

Learning outcomes

  • Give examples of  worship from the UK and overseas that show how Christian believers link food and harvest with beliefs about God
  • Explain ways that the hymns and prayers used in worship at times of Harvest celebration strengthen believers faith in God as provider
  • Give reason Christian believers are inspired to write hymns, songs and prayers for Harvest time

Resources and Points to note

Ensure that there is a balance of examples of worship from western and non-western contexts. Draw on the pupil’s experience as much as possible. Encourage them to research in their families about harvest songs and prayers.