Calvary's Well and Garden Ministries
"And now, Father, send out out to do the work you have given us to do"
Calvary’s Well started when members of Calvary Episcopal Church noticed that people were waiting outside a shelter near the church in the heat of a summer afternoon for a place to stay the night. 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 the water cooler station. The ministry has also expanded to include taking water and sandwiches to people camped out under the interstate overpasses near the shelter. Conversations are encouraged. In the winter months, The Well team brings hot chocolate and coffee along with water. Often, it’s a quiet ‘thank you’, and ‘God bless you.’
The Calvary’s Well team meets at Calvary Episcopal Church at 2:00pm on Thursday afternoons to make sandwiches, and then sets up its tent in front of the Salvation Army building on Breckenridge Street from 3:30 to 5:00 every Thursday afternoon. Come and join us.
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. The Gardening Committee also oversees the beautification of Calvary's grounds. 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, where people 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.
In addition to a sunflower patch, Calvary has planted a butterfly and bee-friendly flower and herb garden, as well as a vegetable bed so fresh produce can be provided in our food closet.