Our harvest festival service on Sunday 1 October was a happy occasion for the church family. Uniformed organisations paraded their colours and took an active part in the service. There was a dramatic presentation of the story of the feeding of the five thousand, a hands on telling of the story of the enormous turnip, puppets to teach us the actions to a song, and a video encouraging us not to waste food. Some of the children’s art work was on display around the church. Tinned food was brought to church in aid of local hunger charity Nite Bite, which is supported by Churches Together in North Shields. We recalled that God blesses and uses each contribution, and that even the smallest can make a difference.