Garden Ministry

Garden Ministry

Our garden ministry began in the spring of 2009, and since then, we have spent countless hours with our hands in the dirt. The produce we grow is shared with our congregation and with a local food bank. Read more about our garden ministry below, and come join us. We generally hold work sessions at our off-site garden (located at 4321 S. Elm-Eugene St.) in the spring and fall on Wednesdays and in the summer on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Jun 182014
 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome join us at the FCC garden on Sunday, July 13, to work together in the bounty of God’s earth and learn about the wonderful produce that the garden volunteers regularly harvest! We will meet at 5:00 p.m. and work in the dirt; then just when we’re about to get tired, we’ll have a short worship service to ask for God’s blessing on the garden for another season, and share a picnic! Can’t wait to see you there!

The church garden is located at 4321 S. Elm-Eugene St. If you’d like to meet at the church and ride on the bus, please sign up at the Welcome Desk or contact the church office. In case of inclement weather, worship and an indoor picnic will be held at the church. You can also RSVP by emailing info@fccgreensboro.org

May 142014
 

CTTT-NL-Banner-FVJoin us Saturday, May 31,  for a day of inspiration and practical suggestions for transforming your congregations’ vision to address food insecurity into action. We will spend the morning in workshops and discussion and the afternoon visiting area food ministries. Registration fee includes a local lunch and transportation to tour sites.

Hear action leaders from First Christian Church, Church World Service and Partners in Health and Wholeness discuss ideas and resources for congregations that would like to start or expand a food ministry.

Event is 15.00 and includes lunch. Please note – no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds if this is an issue. If you would like to attend but are unable to afford the registration fee, please email Hannah@rafiusa.org.

Registration can be found online at: ctttpiedmont.brownpapertickets.com

Event is scheduled from 9:30-3:00 and a detailed agenda will be available soon. Join us!

Harvest Dinner “Green Potluck”

 Posted by on July 30, 2013
Jul 302013
 

It’s an August tradition at First Christian to have what we call a “Harvest Dinner.” For this meal we like to bring food that we grew ourselves (or food that was grown nearby) and share in the delightful abundance of God. When I was in Divinity school, we had a regular event called a “Green Potluck.” The idea behind it was that for this potluck, we had to bring a dish that involved, in some way, a “Green” choice. That doesn’t mean only green foods (like green beans and salad greens) were allowed, but that the food needed to be environmentally friendly in some way. Did you grow it in your own back yard? Green! Was it made from meat grown just down the road from you? Green! Did you bike to the grocery store to buy the ingredients? Green! I’d like for this year’s Harvest Dinner to be a Green Potluck! Every delicious item at the table should be green in some way, and I think we should be able to proudly tell each other how we helped mother nature with our food choices that day. If you’d like some more ideas about green eating, feel free to e-mail me (garden@fccgreensboro.org) and I’m sure we can come up with something! (And don’t worry… if you’re having the sort of day where the only green you can come up with is green M&M’s, we’ll share those gladly, too.) The Harvest Dinner “Green Potluck” will be held Wednesday, August 21, at 6:00 p.m.

Fed Well

 Posted by on July 9, 2013
Jul 092013
 

We had a lovely gathering of folks in another Food and Faith Summer Evening Education opportunity last Sunday. In this conversation, we talked about some really tough issues related to food, faith, and community health. The reality of poverty in our local area is at the forefront of these food issues. Among the most impoverished of our neighbors are the laborers that pick or process the food we eat. Beyond just poverty, however, we discussed the presence of “Food Deserts” and “Food Swamps” all around us. A food desert is a place where there are no markets or grocery stores within a reasonable walking distance of homes, while a food swamp is a place where access to healthy food (fresh food, from markets or grocery stores) is limited, but access to unhealthy food (fast food or convenience stores) is plentiful.

First Christian already makes efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition and contribute to the health of our Greensboro community with several programs including our garden ministry. How else can we as a church answer the call of Jesus to ensure that the hungry are not just fed, but fed well?

Stewart Self, Garden Intern

Food and Faith

 Posted by on July 2, 2013
Jul 022013
 

On June 23rd we met for our first Summer Evening Education opportunity. I had the privilege of being part of a conversation about Food and Faith. We talked about what kind of food we as Christians should eat. How does our belief in a creation that God called “good” affect the choices we make when eating? How do we give thanks when we gather together to eat? We tackled all of these questions and more last time, and I hope you’ll be able to make it to our next S.E.E. event on July 7th, where we’ll be having another food and faith conversation – this time centered around Health and the Church’s role in keeping the community healthy. Even if you couldn’t make it the first time, we’d love to have you.
-Stewart Self
Garden Ministry Intern

Garden News

 Posted by on June 17, 2013
Jun 172013
 

Hey folks. It’s that time of year – when the harvesting begins in full! Last weekend we harvested a whopping 25.4 lbs of food from the FCC Garden! With that wonderful news, however, comes the realization that we just can’t keep up with it the same way we could earlier in the season. We’re going to have to start working an additional day of the week out there, and we’re going to need more people! If you’ve always wanted to help us out, but can’t make yourself get up on Saturday morning, the come by after work on Wednesdays (starting June 26th) and help us pull weeds and pick vegetables.

We could still use some watering cans and tomato cages, and if you have any other garden tools that are taking up much-needed space in your shed and would like to donate anything, send me an e-mail at garden@fccgreensboro.org.

Thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our Garden Blessing last Saturday. If you couldn’t make it, there’s always next year, but don’t miss your chance to learn a little bit about food and faith on June 23rd at 5:00 PM for the Food and Faith Summer Evening Education opportunity.

-Stewart Self, 2013 Garden Intern

Let us harvest some lettuce!

 Posted by on June 5, 2013
Jun 052013
 

garden and fence, 6.1.13Hey Everybody! Great news from your lovely First Christian Community Garden: We have our first showing of little tomatoes and peas on their plants! It won’t be long until it’s time to start picking them, so it’s a great time of year to join in on the fun, wholesome work we do every Saturday morning at 9:00. Also, we’re going to need some tomato cages and watering cans in the coming weeks, so if you have any of those sitting in your shed collecting dust, feel free to donate them to the garden so we can put them to use. Don’t forget that this Saturday, June 8, is the Garden blessing service, and we’d love to have you! And finally, a harvest update: last weekend we harvested 7.1 lbs of lettuce! That’s almost as much as the previous TWO weeks, which totaled up to 7.5 lbs!

With love from your garden intern, Stewart Self

Garden Blessing Litany

 Posted by on June 5, 2013
Jun 052013
 

The work of gardening is the work of life. Life begins here, in the soil. We believe in a God who created everything we see, and then, knowing it was good, entered the world as Christ Jesus. In our working for life and food, we answer a call set forth in our very beginning.

-Stewart Self

Oh God of the sun

Shine your blessing onto the leaves of the field.

Oh God of the rain

Let your waters run through the soil, nourishing the plants that will nourish us.

Oh God of the wind

Enfold us in your cooling breath as we work the land in the heat.

Oh God of the earth

May the soil be full of life – seen and unseen.

Oh God of all things

We thank you for this new season,

and we ask for your guidance through another summer of loving work and plentiful harvest.

Amen.

Garden Blessing & Open House

 Posted by on May 30, 2013
May 302013
 

garden open houseJoin us for a Garden Blessing & Open House Saturday, June 8, at 9:00 a.m. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the garden but haven’t made it out there yet, please plan to come to this blessing. We’ll work a little, then hold a short blessing service as we offer our prayers for the garden, the harvest, and the people it will feed this year. If you’d like to meet at the church and ride the bus to the garden (which is located at 4321 S. Elm-Eugene Street), please contact the church office at admin@fccgreensboro.org or 273-4725.

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