Parable Prayer Gardens and Gardening
Parable Garden offers communities fresh approaches to teaching on the Kingdom of God through creative engagement with the parables and the natural world, helping people to explore and deepen understanding of spiritual truths using everyday objects, relationships and processes.
Parable Prayer Gardens
Garden areas can be used as a creative resource for reflection on aspects of Jesus's teaching. Each season and its related gardening activities can be linked to pastoral themes for churches, schools and other community groups, and in schools this can be drawn upon to enhance Character education, RE, SMSC and Collective worship. Species such as grape vines, olive trees and lilies offer direct links with some of Jesus key parables and themes such as God's covenant.
Gardening the heart
Practical gardening can bring fresh insights and meaning to exploration of Christian spirituality. For example: a vine needs to be pruned to make it fruitful with large bunches of grapes. Without pruning a vine grows lots of foliage and a large number of small bunches of small grapes! Jesus uses this analogy in his teaching on fruitfulness to encourage desire for Godly character.
Gardening for all age groups, brings a new awareness of the changing seasons, with their positive and negative influences on plant growth, as well as a great sense of reward. Together, the seasons make up a complete year, and can illustrate different stages of journeying through our lives.
Seeing something grow from seed to maturity, or a bare patch of ground come to life, filled with a variety of blooms, insects and butterflies is life enhancing, and brings a great sense of achievement. Parallels in life can be drawn from every aspect of gardening.
Nature and natural processes mirror the character and kingdom of God
Most people have some kind of connection with the natural environment, be it through walking, gardening, growing vegetables, sports activities, picnicking, wildlife and art interests. However with the demands of today’s society, many people don’t have the time or opportunity to consider the rich spiritual connections that exist between nature, natural processes and Christ, His character and life.
Nature mirrors the Divine. “for since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and Divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1 v 20)
This disconnection between man and the natural environment hinders spiritual awareness and growth both of individuals, churches and communities. Parable Garden offers workshops and resources for churches, small groups, schools and individuals, to creatively explore or rediscover these connections.