Giving Gardens is an exciting ministry founded and sustained by a member of St. John’s Church. The main thrust of this outreach ministry is to help address food insecurity issues in our community by providing residents with the ability to grow some of their own food. Volunteers help to create raised beds in people’s backyards using donated materials. In exchange, these people donate much of their produce to the hungry of our community. Through this growing and exchange of food, neighbors come to know each other, relationships are established, conversations ensue, and communities are changed for the better. St. John’s has a Giving Gardens plot on its grounds and our youth group volunteers labor to help build and weed raised beds.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Habitat for Humanity, whose faith-based goal is to build affordable homes. In partnership with other area churches we participate in a one week build in various communities. Several parishioners are involved each year in a project that is overseen by professional Habitat for Humanity staff.
ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION
In 2012, St. John’s Youth Group went for the very first time to Mission, South Dakota, in the Rosebud Indian Reservation. That first year was a year of learning. Learning that we were not there to rescue the people of the Rosebud, we were not there to fix what we thought needed to be fixed, we were not there to tell them how to fix anything. We were there to learn about their community, to become friends, and to become part of their family. St. John’s has continued to journey back to Rosebud Indian Reservation each summer. Our relationship with the people of Rosebud continues to grow as we learn and labor alongside one another.