Each year an offering is taken on Pentecost Sunday and divided by the Diocesan Council between two types of project grants. Half goes to programs, and the other half to “bricks and mortar” projects.
In 2016, All Saints (Portland) received a $950 grant for a “bricks and mortar” project called the Meditation Garden. Not only would a more beautiful garden enhance the area for our All Saints family, but would be an invitingl welcome to Hot Meals guests and the wider Woodstock community.
Following a plan to create a beautiful, safe, and low-maintenance space, All Saints volunteers enclosed the area with native ferns and vinca. They brought in three large boulders (over 600 pounds each!) for seating that is both beautifully natural. They preserved the two large trees that were already there and enclosed them and the ferns with edging. The center of the garden is fine pea gravel. There is nothing in the garden that can easily be picked up and used for mischief! The low plants and the open trees provide serenity, and ensure openness for safety.
This ambitious plan was carried out through the grant of the Diocesan Council and the work of terrific All Saints volunteers. Thank you to everyone who carried out this sometimes back-breaking work!
Applications for the 2017 Pentecost Offering Grants are due June 4. Visit our website for more information.