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.