Out and about with the vegetable garden lessons! are listed under the heading Faith Education on the Groenekerken website >>>
Why vegetable gardening with the children?
As Green churches we want to consciously 'learn' how to deal with God's creation. It is important to include the children in this process. An ultimate way for this is to let them grow their own vegetables in a vegetable garden. In addition to the sustainability aspect, there are many advantages to this form of practice-oriented education.
- All children can lose their eggs here because there is no measuring rod that they must meet.
- Many parables and stories from the Bible come to life.
- It offers a natural connection between young and old in the municipality.
- It has been proven that children who grow vegetables themselves make healthier choices in their diet. It is therefore directly beneficial for the children themselves.
If the vegetable garden is visible to the public, the vegetable garden gives the church building a natural and human appearance throughout the year and builds a bridge to the people in the area. The missionary opportunities that a vegetable garden gives are endless.
The educational package for vegetable gardening consists of 20 lessons per year. The lessons start six weeks before Easter (March / April) and end with a harvest festival at the Feast of Tabernacles (September / October). A lesson lasts about half an hour, including packing and cleaning up.
The vegetable garden package consists of three years. Every year different vegetables are grown and different spiritual lessons are learned. This keeps the lessons challenging for the children.
In the lessons attention is paid to the festivals of God: Easter, Pentecost, and the Autumn Feast of Tabernacles. These festivals are all harvest festivals in the Bible. Because our harvest moments are different from those in Israel, the children celebrate a harvest festival before the summer holiday and at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles. These harvest festivals can be celebrated together with the municipality and with the neighborhood. More information.
A vegetable garden can be arranged in a very simple way in wooden trays (with a possible ground cloth) on a lawn, in a parking lot or along the south facade of the building. See the photo on the right.
If there is more space available or there are more children, a larger space can be used. For more examples of vegetable gardens, see the photo carousel on the home page from Out and about!