A weekend of Harvest Festival events at St. Augustine’s Church in Hedon. On Saturday 5 October 2019 the church is open from 10am – 4pm with a display of harvest flowers. A special Harvest Festival Service takes place on Sunday 6 October 2019 at 2pm.
A message from our vicar the Rev Dr Sue Pulko:
Last December, when I came to St Augustine’s as Priest-in-Charge, I was truly overwhelmed by the building. There it was, bold, massive and beautiful. Our church is a visual focus for the town, and it has a committed regular congregation, as well as hosting weddings and funerals for the whole parish. But in another sense, like most parish churches, it has lost its way over recent centuries and has ceased to be the true centre of the community, used by everyone for entertainments and group activities. The congregation are determined that the historic building should recover this historic role, and it is particularly appropriate to do this now, because our St Augustine’s has recently become one of only 300 Major Parish Churches, out of over 13, 000 parish churches in England.
To help the church building recover its role, we are planning significant improvements to make it more comfortable and flexible, as well as securing its fabric for the foreseeable future: an effective and more sophisticated heating system is an obvious priority, as is a storeroom and improved catering facilities. We intend to fund this by applying for grants, but nearly all awarding bodies require that a lot of money has already been raised locally. We have started to do this, and you might have attended one of several concerts over the summer, or enjoyed a cream tea with us over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
There have been less obvious activities, too, and as part of our fundraising, we are holding gift days on the 5th and 6th of October, our Harvest Festival weekend, when we especially thank God for all he has given us. Of course, as always, everyone is welcome at the service at 9.30 on Sunday morning, but we’ll also be serving refreshments on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and we’d love you to bring your gift, however large or small, in person. However, you can also donate in two other ways:
By cheque made out to St Augustine’s PCC Restoration Account and sent to me at The Vicarage, 68 Staithes Rd, Preston HU12 8TD.
Please help to make our plans a reality.
Rev Dr Sue. Pulko.