Service scheduled to celebrate harvest

Webster Memorial United Church in Bodden Town is hosting a special harvest service and sale on Sunday to give thanks for the food people enjoy year round. 

“The harvest celebration is just another way of giving back to the church and giving thanks to God,” said Edith Webb, a member of the Bodden Town church. 

Ms. Webb said the harvest service has been held for years. 

“The custom long ago, and still is today, was to dress the church with flowers, fruits and ‘breadkind,’ and the pastor would bless it and the farmers,” she said. 

The day of singing, praying and decorating the church takes place on at 11 a.m. 

Food will be sold the following day to raise money for the church. 

Giving thanks in Cayman 

Harvest celebrations to give thanks for food grown on the land and for fish take place in many churches and schools in Cayman. Children make harvest displays at school and participate in church services on Sundays. 

In the 1950s, Cayman children, encouraged by their parents, would construct and decorate little harvest boxes. They would search the land for wild fruits and ask for produce from farmers to fill the baskets. 

Cayman was considerably less developed back then, so neighbors traded what they could. Fish would be traded for “breadkind” and cakes for beef. On Sundays, children with the best-dressed baskets earned bragging rights as they walked down the aisle to place them at the altar. 

Not all churches and schools on island celebrate a harvest festival in August; some celebrate the day of thanksgiving in September or October. 

Youngsters and adults bring their baskets during last year’s harvest festival. - Photo: Jewel Levy

Youngsters and adults bring their baskets during last year’s harvest festival. – Photo: Jewel Levy
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