Broad Street Ministry: Immersion Day of Service Learning

A crew from GPC traveled into the city on Saturday morning, May 26, for a day of service learning. Led by one of Broad Street Ministry’s pastors, Michele Ward, we traveled down to Mercy Emily Edible Park in South Philadelphia, where we were invited into the space of the garden which is tended by the community that lives in that neighborhood. We spent the morning weeding and planting and enjoying time together and felt privileged to see the work that neighbors, guided by BSM, do to bring food to their community through this garden and orchard. The garden was established by a group of “guerilla gardeners” who claimed these six abandoned lots in 2010 to be a sustainable space. Now under the auspices of the Horticultural Society of Philadelphia, Broad Street Ministry is able to support these neighbors and also to use herbs from the garden in the meals that they provide for their guests. We returned to BSM for some reflection on what we had learned and shared during the day, grounding our understanding in a time of Bible study as well. Michele has invited us to return soon to continue our learning with a mural arts tour of the neighborhood.

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