Harvest of Hope – the ecumenical study, worship, and mission retreat program of the Society of St. Andrew.
The Harvest of Hope Experience
Gleaning: Participants at Harvest of Hope get their hands dirty each day as they get to glean and rescue food. After breakfast, participants serve through gleaning and then by donating the produce to local hunger relief groups and community efforts. Often, participants will get to meet representatives of these local hunger relief efforts when the food is picked up or delivered to the agencies.
Study: Participants learn about domestic and global hunger. Through a variety of educational tools, coupled with the physical labor of gleaning, they begin to see that one person really can make a difference.
Worship: The nondenominational worship helps bring into focus the relationship between faith and service to the poor. Participants from many different faith traditions join together in worship, showing our love by our unity.
Meals: Good nutritious meals provide an introduction to a simple, healthy lifestyle. As part of a healthy lifestyle participants also covenant to abstain from junk food and soda for the entire event.
Commitment: Harvest of Hope is just the beginning! Participants are encouraged to take what they experience back home with them so they might impact their families, communities, and churches. Harvest of Hope challenges people of faith to respond to the call of the gospel to feed the poor, and to make service a lifestyle, rather than a once-a-year event.
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