Means of Grace: Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1
Green Spaces in Ministry, Part 1 - Episode No. 58
This edition of the Means of Grace podcast uses two episodes to highlight four ministries in Western North Carolina who are using green spaces in ministry. These ministries meet people where they are and invite them to something new – an orchard, a story walk, a worship service, exercise, a meal. Part 1 features Ann Self, the executive director of The Village Green in Cashiers, and Chris Harbin and Edmari Correya deCastro, who share about their aquaponics and biodiverse orchard ministry.
These episodes are airing on the Tuesdays surrounding Earth Day as a way for leaders to consider how they might connect the earth and its Creator with the lives of people in their community. One of the many blessings of living in North Carolina is access to beautiful spaces and God’s earth. These podcasts encourage you to think about your own outdoor space – it doesn’t take much – and how it can be used in ministry. Be sure to check out Part 2 next week.
Show Notes - Episode No. 58
Earth Day Sunday - CREATION JUSTICE MINISTRIES
Worship resources for Earth Day 2021 - Global Ministries (umcmission.org)
Caretakers of God's Creation (umccreationcare.org) – United Methodist Creation Care
Creation Care (umc.org) – Creation Care in the United Methodist Social Principles
Climate • GBCS (umcjustice.org) – General Board of Church and Society resources
www.unitedmethodistwomen.org – United Methodist Women resources (search “creation”)
Home - The Village Green Of Cashiers (villagegreencashiersnc.com)
Home | Diana Butler Bass Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution
Google “Story Wall” to discover ways to exhibit a story in multiple frames.
Center for Action and Contemplation (cac.org) Richard Rohr The Universal Christ and Every Thing is Sacred
G.I.F.T. Home (weebly.com)
G.I.F.T. Aquaponics & Shepherds Garden | Wingate UMC (wordpress.com)
Home Page | EndHunger Society of St. Andrew gleaning
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org.