Harvest refers to the time during autumn when farmers traditionally brought in the crops that supplied their community through the year. Although our food today is more likely to come from the supermarket, Christians believe it is still important to remember God as creator and thank Him for the good things He provides.

Many churches do this annually at a Harvest Thanksgiving service. At this service, members of the congregation might bring gifts of food and flowers to decorate the church building as a sign of their thanks to God. These gifts may later be taken to needy or elderly people in the neighbourhood.

A pulpit is decorated for Harvest Thanksgiving
The purpose of this festival is not only to thank God for the abundance of food many of us enjoy, but also to raise awareness of the hunger that exists in other parts of the world. Some churches might encourage their members to give to those in need in the developing world.