Over the centuries, the practicalities of ‘First Fruits’ have changed. In the Old Testament, First Fruits were literally the first portion of the harvest which is to be given to God as an expression of trust and thanksgiving.

In our world today, many of us do not literally harvest produce from the ground, but the spiritual element of First Fruits is as relevant to us today as it was to the Israelites. We should be giving the very best we can offer – that is our First Fruits, in whatever form that takes, given as a priority and done as an act of grace. It should be a joy to give, and an act which enables us to grow more into the likeness of Christ.

The following collection of resources are designed to help your parish explore generosity within the context of First Fruits. All files are downloadable here - if you would like anything in hard copy or other file formats please contact Sammi Tooze.

Prayer and Discussion

Please note that some of these materials have been professionally printed and can be distributed to parishes free of charge. Please contact Sammi Tooze if you are interested in this.

  • PCC guide - an introduction booklet to the resource material, to help guide PCCs in discussion to identify areas of giving practice you may want to review
  • Small group guide - booklet-format, designed to facilitate conversation in small groups around the subject of generosity, in the context of what our First Fruits might be
  • Bookmark - with a prayer written specifically for this resource, for churches to distribute as a means of encouraging prayer on offering the first fruits of our lives
  • Prayer card - with a prayer written specifically for this resource, for churches to distribute as a means of encouraging prayer on offering the First Fruits of our lives

Liturgies

If you would like to explore options for hymns and songs which include themes of generosity, an index can be found here.