The essence of the harvest weekend was captured by Dr George Kutty on Sunday morning during the family service when he emphasised how thankful we should all be for another harvest. Once again the building was decorated with great skill and creativity thanks to Phil Cole and his helpers. Many tourists and locals dropped in to see the finished article. Most stayed for a chat and refreshment. Almost all spoke encouraging words about the sense of love and Spirit of God in the place. Of course, God dwells by His Spirit in His people, not the building. Therefore, well done to those who volunteer by giving time to ‘do their stint’ on the rota. You are a good testimony to the love of God.
The Sunday meetings were held before large congregations. Worship was powerful in the morning and evening where Dr George Kutty from New York spoke. An Indian, he set up Asia for Christ and has travelled all over the world teaching and preaching the good news of Jesus. FSMC Gospel Choir sang beautifully. Indeed, on Saturday evening they stepped in to produce a full concert when the booked choir from St Austell had to pull out because of illness to their musical director and accompanist.
On Monday morning it was time to dismantle the decorations and prepare all the plates of fruit and boxes of vegetables ready for distribution. Much of the food was presented to Beryl and Olive, two of our oldest members, by the children during the morning meeting. This was chaotic and joyous. Once again Phil led his troops in the process and provided some excellent cakes for the willing workers. Nearly fifty recipients would be visited later that day or the next with a gift from the fellowship. Such an act of love and neighbourly concern shows how simple it is to serve in the church, while receiving so much back in the process. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, [Acts 2:35].
Next time you hear that the building is to be decorated, there is open church or a chance to help with lunch club, consider if you can help. You might just demonstrate the very heart of God or be encouraged by others by spending time with them.