Can you see those seeds? The ones above and below the words “Growing Together”?
They’re mustard seeds—so small and difficult to hold that they’re in a small plastic bag.
Take a better look in this picture.
The hand you see is about an inch-and-a-half wide, and the specks you see are mustard seeds (the biggest dot in the center is part of the drawing).
These are Mustard Seeds like the ones in Jesus’ parable:
Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.”
In Cross Training during Lent, we’re asking together: What might small ventures might the Lord be giving us to try out this year as we focus prayer and energy on making community connections? What my we Sow? What might those seeds become? Come join that conversation at 9am on Sundays during Lent.
And, consider joining in a venture that has already “sprouted”—the Community Garden that began as an extension of The English Bridge, our English Language-Learning ministry. Here’s an excerpt about that venture from the Annual Report:
“This year also brought about the beginning of a community garden for our students. We began this as a way to further engage with the students in a new way, provide a theme around which we have been teaching for the past year and provide a new avenue of relationship building. It also addresses food insecurity in a way that gives the receiver dignity while building new relationships in our neighborhood and providing members with volunteer opportunities close to home.
“We were given the money to start the garden through the Amesbury Health Care Initiative, and we began planting raised beds in May.
By all accounts the garden was a success; both students and teachers took turns watering and tending the garden and reaped the rewards of growing their own food. It also and drew neighbors out of their homes to see what was going on, giving us a way to engage with them in a non- threatening way. This garden was started as a pilot program with a vision of opening it up to our neighbors surrounding the church. If there is interest within our church community to continue this garden with the intention of opening it up to members of our congregation and neighbors please see me, we need volunteers.”
Our Vestry is enthusiastic about this venture. The total number of plots this year will depend on participation from the congregation, but will be up to the 6 already approved. Planting will start from seeds this year, rather than purchase of plants, and the beds are already in place. We would like to donate produce to Our Neighbor’s Table as part of our community outreach from the garden. Parishioners could co-tend a plot for this purpose.
Sow What, Then?
Would you be willing to:
- Sign up for a plot of your own to tend? OR/AND
- Sign up to help tend a plot with the purpose of donating the produce to Our Neighbors Table? OR/AND
- Come out once a week on a day that works for you, to come out and help water, and build relationships with the gardeners?
To participate in this mission-venture, contact Amanda Gonnella firstname.lastname@example.org or Patty Champion email@example.com.
Amanda Gonnella, Patty Champion, and Fr. Nathan
Weekly Email for Lent 2 February 25, 2018