Years ago, in preparation for the 20th anniversary of The Family of Faith in 2011, the congregation decided to beautify the church property by planting a flower garden around the sign in the front yard of the church. The gardeners in the congregation selected the flowers, planted them, and cared for them. This legacy of generosity welcomes all who enter our property for today (7 years later) the initial plantings have grown tremendously. Rich colors of green, red, pink, and periwinkle blue, welcome our guests like nature’s own version of fireworks.
Flowers are part of God’s good creation. Jesus used flowers as a visional aid when teaching his disciples: “And why are you anxious about clothing? 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 arrayed like on of these” (Matthew 6:28-29).
Similarly, to how God cares for the flowers, He also cares for children. In 19th century Germany a man named Froebel wanted to help the children in his area receive excellent care, so he started something called a “Kindergarten” (i.e. a children’s garden). Children from 2 to 6 years old attended this garden for children. Our summer camp program, and preschool program, and before-and-after-school program imparts a similar work to our 21st century community. Our excellent staff cares for the children in our community with the same nurture and care that our gardeners provided to our beautiful flowers. May God bring our little children to grow and bloom to the glory of God.