Hey guys I have just shared with St Veep children and young people an alternative harvest service. I wanted to encourage them to realise that food and harvest across the world are different and also challenge them to not turn up their noses to food.
So we introduced the topic and then we did an activity. I invited 3 volunteers to the front and blindfolded them. It was a taste and see session. So the congregation could see what was happening but they couldn’t. So in order this is what was served to them:
- I got some sample pots from the Doctors and put some apple juice in them. The idea is to convince people that they were about to drink some urine! It worked. The congregation looked horrified. The volunteers tasted and all went yum!
- The next tasting session was dog food. So I took a tin of dog food and removed the label. We then cleaned out a tin of tomatoes and pasted the dog food label on to it. I then made a chocolatey jelly substance. I then resealed the tin and at the front of church opened the tin. I showed them the contents and someone shouted “Urgh dog food”. The volunteers looked disgusted and the first one refused to eat it. They did all tasted and realised it was edible and not dog food.
- The final idea was to have worms but we couldn’t find anything that looked right. In the past what I have done is to put the worms in a plastic bag and grate chocolate in. People have thought that they were worms in dirt.
I then spoke about the Bible verse,
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
Psalm 34 v 8
There are two ways to look at food but until you taste them you don’t know what they are really like. I challenged them to also think of God in such a way. Until you taste or try you don’t know what God is like.