I have just come indoors from wandering around my garden. The snowdrops are out, the winterflowering heathers are pinky-red and leaves of crocuses and daffodils are emerging. It is spring again! It is time to complete winter pruning and start sowing seeds indoors for summer glory.
This year I am hoping that we will grow cut flowers to have in church, and grow and preserve food for the Harvest Supper Outreach on Saturday 10 October. Last year we had a wonderful team effort for our Harvest celebration: enthusiastic gardeners brought eggs, fruit, vegetables and salad leaves, Holly and her team prepared a banquet of soup, quiches, salads and hot fruit puddings, and our flower arrangers and crafts people shared harvest themed activities.
And there was the chilli tasting! This year I am looking forward to the same only different; lots of us working together and lots of guests, all enjoying the magnificence of God’s provision for us.
It sometimes seems that the church lines itself against what science is trying to do, but there are many who seek to understand the world through what the Bible teaches and through scientific endeavour. In I Kings 4 there is a description of the wisdom of King Solomon.
“God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. He was wiser than any other man. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish.” I Kings 4 v 29, 31, 32-33.
The plans for the Eco-town development include communal herb beds, allotments and a fruit tree for each front garden. My vision is for one “arm” of the church to be involved with both food growing and wildlife conservation, so we can reach out to folk attracted to the ideals of the Ecotown, and explain in humbleness, that we worship a great God who gives us the abundance of plants and animals that Solomon in his time described. I am off now to sow some seeds looking forward to a harvest of food and a harvest of souls for Christ.