The Giving Garden

The Giving Garden at St. Andrew United Methodist Church
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. 1Peter 4:10
Through the Giving Garden, we will: 
  • Build a community ministry
  • Be good stewards of God’s gift of our beautiful backyard
  • Feed those in need in the Dayton area and share God’s love
  • Teach and share the love of gardening
  • Provide people of all ages an opportunity to serve
Purpose:  The Giving Garden is a ministry for service and learning opportunities for people of all ages. In our work in the garden, we are good stewards of God’s many gifts as we care for the land and gather the harvest. We strive to use our resources well. Our harvest is donated to area Food Banks for the needy and homeless so that fresh vegetables can reach people who live in virtual ‘food deserts’ where grocery stores and food markets are not available. Our goal is to get fresh vegetables to those who need them most in the Dayton area.  We partner with the St. Paul UMC Food Pantry, Wesley Community Center and other centers to distribute our harvest.  In the 2016 growing season, our 3rd year for the garden, we harvested and distributed over 400 lbs. of produce.
Core Values Supporting Our Effort:
The values supporting our belief in this endeavor are stewardship of what God has created and sharing God’s love by giving to others. We proceed prayerfully with an abiding trust and faith in God. Through our work with the garden, we share our stories about how we have seen God in others, and we are committed to being aware of what God is teaching us everyday. God has given us the land and from it we can help others by sharing the harvest, building relationships, and encouraging spiritual growth. 
The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1
Opportunities to Serve
The Giving Garden provides many intergenerational opportunities to serve. From tilling the ground, enriching the soil, to mulching, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, composting, canning and preserving the harvest, to delivering the harvest to various centers … there is a job for everyone who would like to contribute. Individual congregation members, church visitors, community members, Boy Scouts, vacation Bible school children, church small groups and study groups, and many others can volunteer their time and energy, fulfill projects, or donate funds to support the garden. We establish and post monthly volunteer calendars listing all necessary tasks, with a timetable for completion, so that volunteers can commit to a specific task for a designated time period.  Many hands can accomplish great work.   For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
 Community Workshops:
 In the process of doing the work of the garden, we seek advice from experts in gardening and harvesting. As we learn, our plan is to continue sponsoring informational workshops for the community on various topics relating to gardening, harvesting, and preserving (canning, drying & freezing) the harvest.  Speakers for these workshops may be congregation members or experts from the Greene County Master Gardeners, or from a variety of sources. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact St. Andrew UMC, 350 N. Fairfield Rd., Beavercreek, OH 45430