Count “teaching compassion at Plymouth” as one of our losses to COVID. In the past--I’m not even going to say "a normal year"--Sunday School kids would have collected and distributed blessing bags, participated in the Alternative Gift market, and have been closer to the activities of the youth sponsored Sleep Out.
But as the daffodils rise up from their winter’s rest to bloom, so does our relief from COVID give all of Plymouth a very real opportunity to help folks right here in Fort Collins and teach our children by demonstration how Plymouth shares time and talent with those who have so little.
Habitat hammers have been severely silenced by the pandemic, but now we can rise up with our screwdrivers and make flower boxes--no special skills required.
Flower boxes?--yup. Bruce Lieurance, from Plymouth’s intrepid Habitat team, is making flower box kits from scraps of hardwood flooring that Plymouth folks can assemble and donate to the ReStore to sell for Mother’s Day. (This is a hint. Mother’s Day is coming again. Are you prepared?)
So this is our moment to help Habitat, and help our children learn what a church can do when the church works together.
All ages are invited to the Habitat Flower Box Build Fundraiser Saturday, April 24th from 10-noon.
Please sign up at plymouthucc.org/events. We need to know how many kits are required, and we need to socially distance you!
Bring sunscreen, water, and masks. The flower boxes we make will be sold at the Habitat ReStore for $20. (If you would like to purchase your project and take it home, bring CASH OR CHECK for your donation.)
Plymouth, this is our moment to serve a good cause, and teach our children what a church can do to help our neighbors. And if you get to see your church friends at the same time, count that as a bonus!
P.S. Parents, homelessness is a difficult topic. Skim this resource and be better prepared the next time your child asks about someone he/she sees on the street, or asks about someone who is struggling in school. Then sign up for the Box Build. You are never to young to learn compassion.
Tricia Medlock is returning to the interim position she held between Plymouth directors Sarah Wernsing and Mandy Hall. After leaving the Plymouth staff, she served as director of Children’s Ministries at St. Luke’s Episcopal for four years. Read more.