The theme of this year's Harvest was 'The Earth is the Lord's'. The day started with a special combined service with our English and Tamil congregation at which approximately over 100 people attended. Canon Dr Rev Vinay Samuel led the service with Rev Arokiasamy, our choir was led by Obed Jebakumar who sang special songs in English, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil.
A further 100 attended the food and games festivities after the service. Food stalls were set up by Divya Shanthi High School and Divya Shanthi Trust community members where items such as biriyani, dosas, coconut and kofta curry, chicken momos, soft drinks, cupcakes and icecream were served. Games stalls included ring toss and sponge toss as well as face painting, mehendi and nail art which were popular with the younger crowd. For the first time, led by Jaya Deva Charya, we held a special awareness exhibition which focused on the plight of landless farmers and the recent devastation in Kerala and Coorg, as well as stalls advising people to grow their own vegetables, the effects on climate change, carbon footprint, use of plastic using the UN's 'Ban Plastic Pollution', jute bags were also sold as an alternative to plastic bags.
Provisions such as rice, dhal, vegetables, fruit, eggs and oil were donated by church members and we were able to donate these to 160 families in need. Our community members came together to divide up the provisions and worked late into the evening to sort out donation bags. The LEGO group, formed by former members of Divya Shanthi boarding homes were instrumental in putting these together.