By Sharon Sheridan, Morristown Green correspondent
During worship Sunday morning, they heard the parable of the mustard seed. Then children, teens, parents and seniors swapped hymnals and prayer books for rakes and shovels to till the soil and plant flowers, vegetables and herbs to create a new garden beside the cloister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.
“I wanted to address Creation Season during the ‘green time'” in the church year, explained the Rev. Melissa Hall, assistant rector and new church school director. “The best way to do that is to create a garden and watch things grow, to let the kids understand about having dominion over the earth and what that means in terms of responsibility.”
The initial planting occurred after Sunday worship during an outdoor coffee hour in the cloister, with all ages participating.
“I created it as an intergenerational event, which will be probably one of five this year. It’s a new approach to Sunday school,” Hall said. “It came to me that the kids don’t drive themselves to Sunday school and that, if I can create events where the whole family is involved, it will be more meaningful for the family and create … an opportunity for the family to do something meaningful, creative and fun together — and at the same time be [doing] God’s good works.”
Space remains in the garden for more families to plant. In the fall, parishioners will plant autumn flowers such as chrysanthemums and, later, bulbs for spring.
“This is just the first of the cycle,” Hall said.