From the Rector

Andrw Forster


Dear Friends

October is the month of Harvest Festivals. I don’t know about you, but Harvest is one of my favourite times of the year, because it gives us the opportunity to


STOP:  When we are under stress and pressure, sometimes it is very important simply to stop and realize all that we have. I’m sure many of you are familiar with that old hymn, “Count your blessings name them one by one” – well, Harvest is the opportunity for you to do exactly that. To stop for a moment and thank God for all that we have that helps us get through life.

LOOK:  I am trying to take a little bit more exercise and have been enjoying walks in different places around the town – Parkanaur, Dungannon Park, Peatlands Park and The Argory – they are all very beautiful places.

Harvest is a time to look around at the beauty of creation and to give thanks to God for his wonderful artistry, as we move into Autumn and look at the beautiful colours in the trees. It gives us the opportunity again to discern God’s hand in the world around us, but we are also to look at the needs of the world and to remember our responsibility to be good stewards of creation.

LISTEN: Harvest is the chance to listen to God who tells us, “To those who have been given much, much is required”. As God has given to us, he calls us to be generous with what we have.  Listening to the God of the Harvest also reminds us, that there is a heavenly harvest as well – a harvest of souls, that God’s word tells us we can be ready for, when we listen and respond to him.

So as we embark on our Harvest celebrations let’s stop, look and listen and give thanks to the God who has given us so much.

Your friend and Rector                                                        





Your friend and Rector

Andrew Forster