Update March 2022
On March 27th there was a Pollinator Garden Planting Party. Please stop by and see the garden when you get a chance.
The Christian Education Committee has a rich history of offering education, fellowship, and service opportunities for children, youth, and families. The pandemic has created a unique challenge and meant that old ways of offering Christian education were and are no longer viable. The committee has, therefore, sought to offer new and creative learning and faith development opportunities for children, youth, and families. In December, work began on a pollinator garden that will one day be home to monarch caterpillars and other vital pollinators. The garden located on the corner of Cowper and Kingsley will contain native plants renowned for their delectable pollen as well as milkweed, the plant essential to the monarch’s survival as it is the caterpillar’s only food source.
As the space was cleared of shrubs and small trees in early December, an Advent take-home curriculum was offered to families with younger and older youth. The curriculum for older youth was also appropriate for adults (youth are capable of handling most of the theological reflection we often reserve for adults). During Lent, a curriculum connecting the preparation of the soil and the life-cycle of the monarch to Scripture will be offered to families and members of the congregation. The curriculum will also include spiritual practices for individuals and families.
This winter, work will continue on the garden as stumps are removed, the garden weeded, an irrigation line laid, a gravel path constructed, compost added to the soil, and bark mulch laid to protect the ground and maintain moisture. Then in late March or early April, planting will begin, just in time for the new life of Easter.
It will take years for the garden to reach its full glory but with any luck, a few monarch caterpillars may call our garden home this summer. The young people and their families will continue to maintain the garden and watch for the remarkable pollinators that share our community.
If you are interested in helping with the garden, please contact the church office.