Harvest Festival 2018

We enjoyed a  wonderful Harvest Festival service and communal lunch at St Oswald’s School.  Harvest  also marked the end of our three week Time & Talents campaign, asking people to offer their time and talent to our two churches: St Oswald’s Guiseley and St Paul’s Esholt.

Well done and thank you to all those who have put in so much effort, both today and the last few weeks, we are truly blessed to have you.
The produce – generously given by the congregation at our 9.30 service – has been donated to  Bradford North Foodbank.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 30th October – A Message from Bradford North Foodbank

This year we are supporting Bradford North foodbank – can you help?

Please bring any of the following items to our service at 9.30am on Sunday 30th September.  Your donations will be passed on to the foodbank.

Bradford North Foodbank provides  emergency food parcels to people in crisis in the North Bradford / Shipley postcodes (BD2, BD9, BD10, BD17, BD18) plus the Rawdon, Yeadon or Guiseley postcodes (LS19 & LS20).

Since opening in Bradford, in early 2015, we have handed out over 4,200 food parcels feeding nearly 10,000 local people. The numbers of people in need are increasing for various reasons such as the ongoing economic austerity measures, which disproportionately affect the most
vulnerable in our society, and the introduction of Universal Credit in our area.

As ‘numbers fed’ increase so our food stocks decrease. Over the past year, we have had to purchase over £2,000 worth of food, because donations have been insufficient to supply our foodbank centres. We really need your help to build up our food and non-food stocks for the winter period.
Harvest Festival is a key time for us to receive donations for our emergency food parcels and last year churches, schools and businesses donated just over 7 tonnes of food – 23.4% of our annual donation total.

This contributed to the 1,698 food parcels we distributed during the 2017 – 2018 year, feeding 2,365 adults and 1,522 children. 39% of the people we feed are children.