We have many beautiful outdoor spaces at Northminster, which provide places of respite and quiet spirituality. One, of course, is the Interfaith Labyrinth. As mentioned a couple of issues back in the Northminster News, it has needed ongoing maintenance since its grand opening in spring of 2008. What many don’t realize, is that at the time we began exploring creating this space at Northminster, both Session and the Labyrinth Planning Committee assured the Building and Grounds Committee that it would never be their sole – or even primary – responsibility to keep it up, as they felt they had enough on their plates with the rest of the outdoor spaces at church (not to mention everything inside). The first 10 years, mostly it was Charlotte and Ruth who organized work days, volunteers to water, weed or trim, and there were several “garden elves” who volunteered countless hours without even being asked. Dave Cizmas, Doug and Curt from Building and Grounds offered lots of help, but were never expected to take it on alone.
By the same token, we all are grateful for the beautiful Outdoor Sanctuary provided with the Gazebo and surrounding space, as well as the lovely Memorial Garden in the courtyard. Again, a few steadfast volunteers have maintained these spaces well beyond anything done on our church outdoor workdays. However, some of those volunteers who worked hours each week every spring to fall, need help! There is a sign-up sheet in the hall that Ruth put up for Labyrinth work, but if you are someone who loves gardening and would like to offer regular assistance in maintaining any of our outdoor areas, please speak to Neeta. Perhaps we could create an ad-hoc gardeners group – no meetings required! – which could commit to this project of keeping Northminster property a beautiful place of which we can be proud.