Come visit the serene ‘small space’ behind our church offices. A lot of effort has been made to provide a quiet path to enjoy God’s earthly gifts of nature. The iris’ were in bloom but now you will find many other plants and flowers. Some are at their peak.
The Hope Garden
It began as a vision of transformation for a space devoid of purpose, yet full of potential. All that was needed was someone to ask the question “what’s up with that space?” The reply was simply, “Nothing.” And with a couple of conversations over steaming cups of coffee, the plans were in motion to change “nothing” into “something” for the people of the church and the community.
We were inspired through the processes of clearing the weeds, amending the soil, sculpting the topography, and painting the blank canvas with shrubs and flowers from the congregation. The new garden was even connected to the past by statuary that had been preserved from the original church building.
This labor of love from a few has become a gift to many, as all are invited to stroll by on the sidewalk, or meander through on the stone path and then pause, rest, reflect and be renewed. The old Celtic cross, now restored, stands as a silent sentinel, providing a spiritual connection from this green space outside to the beautiful sanctuary inside.
And in that sacred spirit of connection and community, we welcome all to the garden, and to our church family; a place to be nourished….a place to grow.
LATE WINTER/EARLY SPRING 2015
Difficulties should not depress or divert us. The Cause that has gripped us is so great that the small weaknesses of individuals cannot destroy it. Therefore I ask you only one thing: do not be so worried about yourself. Free yourself from all your plans and aims. They occupy you far too much. Surrender yourself to the sun, the rain, and the wind, as do the flowers and the birds. Surrender yourself to God. Wish for nothing but one thing: that his will be done, that his kingdom come, and that his nature be revealed. Then all will be well. (Eberhard Arnold)