The StPA Community Garden
is a great way to meet people, build relationships and promote neighbourliness in our community, as well as grow amazing food, plants and flowers! Fruit and vegetables are grown throughout the year and distributed amongst the estate community and also given away at our Foodbank. StPA exists to bring wholeness and hope to the people around us through encountering Jesus, and the Community Garden is a great way for us to carry out that purpose together.
Our Community Garden Facilitator, Dave Furze, is great at encouraging all sorts of engaging and friendly relationship building opportunities for residents and developing community partnerships with local organisations who come and use the Garden. It’s all part of our love and care for God’s creation, which includes all of us!
Here’s just some of the benefits of the StPA Community Garden:
We want Quarrendon to be known as a place where people really love and look after each other!
as people exercise and use their bodies they are brought back into ‘right relationship’ with themselves, with each other, with creation and with God. Gardening is an excellent way to stay fit for life!
the StPA Community Garden is a place where we can grow! In it and through it we learn to show loving kindness, tackle injustice, nurture faith, care for creation and share the good news of Jesus. It’s such a great tool for enabling and equipping us with skills and opportunities, regardless of gardening skills!
we enjoy great relationships with local Schools; Bucks Adult Education; the Youth Probation Service; local GP Surgeries; amongst many other organisations who use our Community Garden.
the StPA Community Garden gives away most of its produce to the community as well as offering cookery classes, and teaching self-sufficiency. It also offers a space to make friends and neighbourly relationships. Even if you don’t like gardening, you can come and enjoy a cup of tea with friends!
we regularly use the Community garden for intergenerational worship events and activities throughout the year!
our Community Garden is the perfect place to start a new worshiping community or ‘fresh expression’ of church that is supported and nurtured by StPA.
the community garden is an amazing tool for ministry and mission that helps us to fulfil our purpose and vision for our estate. You will have hopefully got a sense of this from the above. It’s so much more than a garden!