"...for I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
I was naked and you gave me clothing,
I was sick and you took care of me,
I was in prison and you visited me."
Grace's Garden:An Urban Farm is Grace Church's newest feeding ministry. In the Fall of 2009 land was tilled on the church's grounds to prepare the earth for planting. The Garden is in the shape of a large cross, an outward and visible sign that the earth is the Lord's and that we are called to be good stewards of God's good creation.
Grace members gathered to ask God's blessings and prayed that God would bless their efforts to feed the hungry from the good earth which with God had blessed them. In the Spring of 2010 Grace Church members of all ages planted crops which bore amazing fruit!
Each week Grace Church members harvested beautiful vegetables and took them to Harvesters City Union Mission to be distributed to people who rarely have access to fresh vegetables. During the Summer of 2010, over 1,500 pounds of green beans, egg plant, tomatoes, okra, squash, and green peppers have been contributed. The harvest was plentiful and so were the laborers at Grace!
Summer 2011 - Grace's Garden thrived and we provided over 1,000 pounds of fresh vegetables for Harvesters, the Kansas City Community Kitchen, and City Union Mission.
We tilled the land for additional gardens and 21 families grew fruit and vegetables in Grace's Community Gardens. 10 % of what was grown in these gardens went to feed hungry people who have limited access to fresh produce; the rest was enjoyed by the families who cared for their gardens.
We also built our grape arbor and are now growing grapes which one day will be used to make our Communion wine!
The Gardens are being prepared for the 2013 growing season. 5 plots are still available in our Community Garden. If you'd like to garden with us please give us a call at 781-6262. You do not need to be a member of Grace Church to join us in the Garden!
We rejoice in the good earth with which God has blessed us and we give thanks for Grace laborers who are working to bring forth crops to help feed a hungry world.