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 are invited to give the very best that we can offer – that is our First Fruits, in whatever form that takes. We are called for that giving to be a priority rather than working out what is left at the end of the day, and carried out as an act of grace. Then it becomes 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 (except the 'Rejoicing in Abundance' small group guide which is 50p per copy). 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
  • 'Rejoicing in Abundance' 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
  • Prayer 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
  • Prayer station - this can be lent to churches for the duration of giving programmes

Liturgies

  • 'Expressions of Grace' Evening Prayer - a booklet-format liturgy
  • 'Expressions of Grace' Eucharist - a booklet-format liturgy

If you would like to explore options for scripture and hymns which include themes of generosity, please contact Sammi Tooze.