My husband and I attend a small church in our community. The church building has been there since the 1970’s. Through the years, different projects have been done to update the interior as the budget would allow or if members gave donations for church improvements. It is a work in progress but as we know, it is not the building that makes the church, it is the people. The love that is there will draw others in to fellowship even if the building needs some work.
Since my husband and I have become a part of the fellowship, we have tried to do our part to help out in projects. It is very fulfilling to use our gifts and talents to the glory of God. One of the projects we recently were involved in was on the church grounds. There were no plants around the church building other than some knock-out roses which had been planted several years back. I don’t know if there were ever any plants around the building’s foundation, whether some had died and had been removed or if none were planted due to lack of funds or interest. I suggested to the pastor that it would be a wonderful improvement to the church property and would add to the outside appeal to have a few plants added along the church’s foundation next to the parking lot and entrance.
I was thrilled when our pastor decided to let me come up with a design and choose plants within a limited budget based upon a small donation that had been made by one of the members. I commissioned a landscape company to transplant the rose bushes and plant hollies, cleyeras and red twig dogwoods where they had been at the front of the building. They also planted arborvitaes along the side of the building in between the stain glass windows and some crape myrtles beside the side entrance.
We are all pleased with the results and are hoping through God’s love to draw people from the outside in.