Calvary "Lay Weeders"
Come get your hands dirty to help a vision take flight in the Garden of Goodness as we join our neighbors in planting vegetables, herbs, and flowers, tending to fruit trees and berry vines, and, of course, weeding. Calvary’s gardening committee is, after all, the church’s ‘lay weeders.’
Thanks to the vision and generosity of Bruce Cohen, a Calvary neighbor, the Garden of Goodness is a unique urban community garden located on Seventh Street, between Ormsby and Oak streets, wherepeople in Calvary’s neighborhood not only do ‘garden things’ but also come to sit in the shade on a summer afternoon to talk, rest, and reflect. For one neighborhood artist the garden provides a peaceful place to draw and paint. Earlier this summer, as Van Gogh sunflower seeds were being planted, he sat in one of the many chairs in the garden and sketched.
In addition to a sunflower patch, Calvary has planted a butterfly and bee friendly flower and herb garden to help our pollinator brothers and sisters (a nod to St. Francis), as well as a vegetable bed so fresh produce can be provided in our food ministry. Calvary Episcopal Church is pleased to be a part of our community and work along side our neighbors as we celebrate God’s wonderful creation in the Garden of Goodness.
The Calvary’s Well team meets at Calvary Episcopal Church at 2:00 on Thursday afternoons to make sandwiches, and is in front of the Salvation Army building on Breckenridge Street from 3:30 to 5:00 every Thursday afternoon. Plans are being made on how to continue this ministry into the winter months. Come and join us.
Calvary’s Well started when members of Calvary Episcopal Churchnoticed that people were waiting outside a shelter near the church in the heat of a summer afternoon for a place to stay the night. And they thought of Jesus having a conversation with a woman at a water well about a well of life that lasts forever. A team was formed, coolers of ice water were set up on tables, cold water was handed out, conversations were started, and friendships were formed. Since then, Calvary’s Well has grown to handing out bags with a sandwich, pretzels, and a cookie along with water, and along table with flip-flops, clothing, and tubes of sun screen now sets beside thewater cooler station. The ministry outreach has also expanded to include taking water and sandwiches to people camped out under the interstate overpasses near the shelter. Conversations are encouraged. Often, it’s a quiet ‘thank you’, and ‘God bless you.’ Come and join us.