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St Mary's Eco-Church

Thy Kingdom Come,
Thy will be done,
on Earth as it is in Heaven.

The Kingdom of God is manifest in beauty, justice and peace.
It is the love of neighbour and of ourselves.
It is visible in the natural world and in the communities in which we live.

Eco-Church brings the Kingdom of God on earth into the centre of our Sunday worship and takes us out into the world to be a blessing to our town. The heart of this focus follows Jesus in teaching simplicity of living, care for the poor and reverence for the natural world and it brings this wisdom to bare in our sharing with others who strive to make our town a place of well-being for all.

‘Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.’

St Mary's Community Garden

This is were we begin our vision.

Image of Community Garden Poster

On 12 January 2020 we held a "No Dig Sunday" service at St Mary's starting and finishing outside the church hall, as we celebrated the beginning of the growing season and commenced work on our new Community Garden.

Photograph taken at No Dig Service - 1
Photograph taken at No Dig Service - 2

A Community Garden is a space offered for all for refreshment and sustenance.
The herbs and vegetables that are grown by volunteers are free for everyone to harvest; to pick a handful of mange tout as you are passing, to gather a few plums for your pudding or pinch some herbs for your stew.
In a world of bounded commodities a community garden offers a vision of generosity; of the gifts of Gods creation freely given, of the time of volunteers lovingly offered and of course beauty to refresh and learning skill in growing.

Working with the ‘Grub Club’ based at the Brading Community Partnership, the ‘Modern Kitchen Garden’ market gardeners and with volunteers from around the parish, the garden is being established using the principles of permaculture and a no dig method of cultivation. It will take us on a journey to the peaceful centre and will grow edible plants and flowers for us to enjoy and share. It will give a focus for our care for creation and our work with the school, families and other groups and give meaning to our festivals of No Dig Sunday, May Day, Midsummer, Lammas and Harvest.

St Mary's Community Garden Plan

Possible plants

VEG...Broad beans, runner beans, mange tout, peas, french beans, carrots, radishes, perpetual spinach, kale, leeks, chard, beetroot, tomatoes, lettuces and salad leaves, sweetcorn and sunflowers.
HERBS… Basil, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, peppermint, sage, mustard, marjoram.
FLOWERS… Honeysuckle, lavender, roses, borage, sweet william, nasturtium, mallow, calendula, poppy, cornflower, marigold, sweetpea, wallflowers, pyrethrum, zinnia, morning glory.

St Mary's Half Acre Field

Adjacent to the car park and the churchyard this field belongs to the church and is once again ours to tend and care for.

What do you think we could do with it to create a blessing for the town and to manifest Gods peaceable Kingdom?

Email revamorley(at)gmail(dot)com if you want to be involved.

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