Harvest Home Sunday

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Sunday, September 8, 1912:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Had Harvest Home services at church.


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Harvest Home was one of my favorite Sundays when I was a child. Do any churches still have Harvest Home services?

I loved to gather fruits and vegetables for the beautiful display in the front of the church—and then during the service I enjoyed looking at the interesting squash, pumpkins and other vegetables. And, it always made me feel good that the food would be given to needy families after the service.

A hundred years ago did Grandma also gather produce for Harvest Home, and help create the display?

14 thoughts on “Harvest Home Sunday

    1. I did a quick Google search of Harvest Home and only one Harvest Home church service popped up. It was in the rural part of Maryland.

      I think that there still are lots of fall festivals–but the name seems to have changed. When I went grocery shopping today, I drove past two churches with signs in front of them advertising upcoming fall festivals. But,it seems like the fall festivals aren’t really focused on thankfulness for a good harvest–but rather they include many activities.

  1. We have something similar starting in Oct – but it is canned/boxed goods that are brought into church, although a nice display is usually the centerpiece that is surrounded by canned and boxed foods. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to have fresh produce fill the sanctuary.

  2. Hi, Sheryl, I think this year we’re putting together a cook book. I just got an urgent message for more recipes…deadline is the 15th…so I’m up to my neck in getting the recipes into my computer so I can send them in on time. This year we have a new Priest so things are a little bit awry.

    Niow that I have you on board, I wonder if I could use that rhubarb sponge pie recipe of yours. It’s very unusual and there’s lots of rhubarb around here. I won’t use it unless you tell me it’s o.k.

    But we have had harvest services in the past so I imagine we’ll have them again in the future.

    1. You’re welcome to include the recipe in the cookbook. I’m honored that you think it is worthy of inclusion. I’d appreciate it if you mentioned the source of the recipe in the cookbook. I’ve always really liked Rhubarb Sponge pie, and make it once or twice each spring.

      1. Thanks for getting back to me. I didn’t print it out until I heard from you, so I’d know how to credit you for this recipe. I have several other recipes from my own family that are quite a bit as old and older and it’s fun to sprinkle them in the cook books. I haven’t heard yet what the theme will be. I susppose they are waiting to see what kind of assortment they get.
        Thanks again. Merrill

    1. It’s cool that some of the seeds overwintered and grew new plants. I’ve had that happen sometimes with marigold seeds, but I’ve never had any pumpkins or squash which did that.

  3. I love fall! It is my favorite season. I love the sound of Harvest Home.
    I attended a church in Phoenix…Faith Harvest and I don’t think they ever held a Harvest Home service,…go figure! Love your story of gathering the harvest, the display and the joy of giving of the bounty to those in need.

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