Did you know that more than 60 new teams have participated in the Faithful Green Leaders Training this year? We just wrapped up the October 2021 class, and they are now off and running with their Action Plans, getting ready to implement many Creation care programs and projects. Through this work we're seeing a number of cool and creative collaborations emerge. For example, at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, the green team is small, but they have been partnering with the students from their sister school and worked together to set up and maintain a pollinator garden. The enthusiasm from the young children has been infectious and they love seeing the birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures that are thriving in that space!
In the City of Gaithersburg, we're seeing another another kind of collaboration. Serendipitously, the new intern at Fairhaven United Methodist Church, seminarian, Sharee Wharton, also happens to be a member of the green team at her home congregation in Washington DC, Jones Memorial United Methodist Church whose green team has already installed a number of raised bed gardens under the guidance of Rev. Cary James with one of their member Eagle Scouts. Her team attended the Faithful Green Leaders Training earlier in the year, and she has helped to jump start the Fairahaven UMC team's journey. In just a few weeks, their team of six had their first meeting, attended the Faithful Green Leaders Training, and committed to signing the Partner Congregation Pledge. Last Sunday, their pastor, Rev. Ken Hawes, consecrated the team.
It's exciting to see existing teams beginning to serve as mentors. We can't wait to see what all the other teams have planned!
If you are interested in having your team attend the Faithful Green Leaders Training, join us at the next one in February 2022 by registering here on our website.
We can't wait to see you there!
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