Geraldton’s Anglicans give thanks for giant crop

Midwest Times
Families enjoyed a thanksgiving service at Geraldton Anglican Cathedral to celebrate the predicted record grain harvest.
Camera IconFamilies enjoyed a thanksgiving service at Geraldton Anglican Cathedral to celebrate the predicted record grain harvest. Credit: Richard Porter

The Geraldton Anglican Cathedral held thanksgiving services on Sunday to mark the record grain harvest predicted for Western Australia in 2021.

Many guests joined the church community at 8am, 10am and 5pm to give thanks for the blessings received this year.

Acting Dean of the Cathedral Dr Reverend David Seccombe said the idea came to him looking at grain fields on a drive home from Perth.

“I looked at the beauty all around and the bumper crops in the paddocks and thought we must give thanks,” he said. “For city dwellers, everything comes from the supermarket.

“But in the regions, we know this is not so. We believe these blessings come from God and so it’s natural to give thanks.”

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Mullewa farmer Tony Critch told the congregation the State was expecting a record grain haul of 20.569 million tonnes, eclipsing the 2018 record of 18.15m tonnes.

Growers in the Geraldton region expect about 3.5m tonnes.

Mr Critch joked that farmers experience a miracle from God each time it rains, with a 5000ha canola crop needing 250mm annual rainfall, but should farmers have to buy water at supermarket prices, it would cost $1 billion.

The Critch family also celebrated their Mullewa church’s 100th anniversary of its first service.

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