This summer, Scout Chris McSwain presented his Eagle Scout project to St. Martin’s Vestry & Outreach Commission. His plan is to build two raised beds to create a community garden. The plan was approved, and construction of the beds is set to begin on August 7.
Once construction of the beds, along with irrigation is completed, the garden will still need one more thing: A community! This is where the Good News Garden will begin.
The Episcopal Church, in response to needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic and with the guidance of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, created the movement called “Good News Gardens.” St. Martin’s has elected to join this important movement.
“We believe that one thing that love could do right now is call a community of people with the ability to plant gardens of all sizes and kinds together – from small pots of herbs to hundreds of acres of corn – in order to share the love of Christ through word and action, food and labor. We believe that one new and sacrificial act of love that we could offer is to commit to planting more, praying more, and proclaiming more, in order to share the loving, liberating, and life-giving Good News of God’s love with all people.” – episcopalchurch.org/good-news-gardens
Our eventual goal will be to help provide fresh produce to 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry, whose needs for supplies have only grown since the start of the pandemic. So many families have found themselves in urgent need of food, and 4Saints is able to help them through donations like this!
But more than that, this community garden will help to bring people back together in a shared mission of awareness and appreciation. St. Martin’s members, Scout Troop 937, and anyone else who wishes to be a part of this project are encouraged to join in the creation and maintenance of our Good News Garden. An added bonus, youth members who participate can also earn service hours!
Interim Rector Ron Pogue sums up the mission: “This project will be especially helpful at this time for parishioners who miss gathering at St. Martin’s for worship, prayer, study, and service.”
If you are interested in being a part of the Good News Garden, please let us know! Besides the initial creation, seeding, weeding and general upkeep will be needed continually. Contact Children’s Minister Liza Goodner at email@example.com or 469-583-8338, or Outreach Commission member Norma Barbier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for volunteer time slots on the Sign Up Genius link: www.signupgenius.com/go/.
We currently have a budget of $1,100 for things like soil, seeds and water for the Good News Garden. Your donations will help us create and maintain (and hopefully grow!) an amazing garden. To donate, please click here, and choose “Good News Garden” from the drop down menu. Or you can text a dollar amount + GARDEN to 817-270-6880.
If you’d prefer to mail a check, please write Garden in the memo and note our new mailing address:
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
PO Box 1149
Keller, TX 76244
For more information about Good News Gardens, please visit episcopalchurch.org/good-news-gardens. You can also join our Vestry & Outreach Commission members who are now following the Agrarian Ministries Group on Facebook.