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‘Come, ye thankful people, come'
With over two hundred parents, pupils and staff present on Sunday, 14th October so Trent College gathered to celebrate our annual Harvest Thanksgiving service giving thanks to God for all the many good and wonderful gifts that we daily receive, especially the gift of creation and life in all of its fullness.
The Reverend Philip Waller preached a reflective sermon about sufficiency and communal interdependence in a world where the rich are called to help the poor. As the Joint Project Manager of the Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank, the Reverend Waller promoted the need for local people to care for their neighbours, especially those who struggle to pay for food throughout the year.
The newly formed Schola Cantorum sang a most tender setting of For the Beauty of the Earth with music by John Rutter. The Head of School, Will Moon and Governor, Mrs. Gregory also participated in the service which was followed by a wonderful reception for parents in The Fenn.
There was much joyful and hearty singing of well-loved harvest hymns and the Head of the Boarding Houses read biblical readings and poems as well prayers, alongside the Housemasters and Housemistresses who each offered various harvest gifts on behalf of the whole congregation.
Many sincere thanks to all the pupils who generously gave many harvest foodstuffs and toiletry items for the charitable work of The Canaan Trust, The Padley Centre and Long Eaton & Sawley Foodbank. A retiring collection was also made for the College’s charitable support of schools in Kenya.
Thank you for a brilliant Harvest Thanksgiving.
All good gifts around us
are sent from heaven above;
then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
for all His love.
Fr. Whitwell (Chaplain)