Westfield Road, Bishop Auckland
County Durham, DL14 6AE

Church Garden Blog

Whilst the lockdown restrictions prevent us from opening up our usual Wednesday events, we will continue to safely produce free food to be taken away. The usual safety measures will remain in place for the benefit of everyone.

 

A big thank you to the Auckland Project who continue to donate produce and goods to help the local community.


A big thank you to our new partner Feeding Families who have donated goods to distribute to those in need of additional help.


As you can see our dedicated friends have been busy decorating the newly assembled and installed planters in readiness ahead of the planting season.


As we remember those who gave their lives, we see the garden with its breadth of life and give thanks.


Our dedicated friends have been busy with tending the garden and distributing any bounties with which we have been blessed.

We continue to feed the local community and will do so throughout the lockdown period that has been announced.


As the year moves on and Autumn arrives we have undertaken maintenance to the church too. The new signage at the front and side entrances has been fitted and the new garden door installed.


The second raised planter has been completed and the garden is now starting to take the shape required to fulfil its new purpose. 


As you can see our second raised bed is now well under construction and the garden is starting to show the deeper shades of Autumn.


The latest garden photographs taken show the beauty still present even at this time of year.


In the sixth of Christine’s series of photographs we can appreciate how generous nature has been and the wonders God quietly performs daily.


The first of the raised planters is now in place and you can see our friends have done an excellent job of the construction.


The work on the raised planter construction by our skilled friends is moving forward with the site located and the bedding point cut in readiness for the installation.


As you can see work on the more contemplative parts of our garden project are well underway and the basis of a little oasis of peace is being formed. If you would like to get involved please drop in on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am


Work on the disability-friendly raised planters for the sensory garden started this week. Our dedicated friends have been hard at work crafting them all from scratch.


The fifth of our photographs shows that even perceived little imperfections are a part of the beauty of God’s creations.


The fourth in our series of Christine’s photographs illustrates that even in beauty we should look a little deeper at what we see.


The third in our series of Christine’s photographs shows the beauty and resilience of even the most delicate of blooms.


The second in our series of Christine’s photographs shows the cross in full bloom with wild flowers. Truly a reminder of God’s wonder and the hard work of our dedicated Gardeners


This week we bring you the first of a set of stunning photographs taken by one of the friends of the church. A big thank you to Christine for donating her considerable skills and time to produce the superb quality images.


As the summer rolls on the inevitable rain falls, we can see that the plants have benefitted enormously from nature’s gifts.  The garden is now in full flourish and even the central cross is now adorned with flowers to please the eye and gladden the heart.  God’s gifts truly are a wonder.


A Father was out walking with his little girl and stopped to chat when they saw us tending the garden and harvesting the first of our produce.

They noted the new bench that we were installing and we told them that it had been generously loaned to us as we start to transform the garden into an oasis of calm to welcome all who wished to use it.

As we related the work we were doing and our involvement in the local community initiatives, the little girl said her mummy was having a baby, so we invited them both in to pick some flowers for her expectant Mother.

Father and Daughter both left with happy smiles and the warmth that comes from a simple kindness.


The work on the garden continues apace and the various plants are showing good form. As you can see the regular maintenance has paid off in spades! (well it is a gardening blog and we cultivate smiles too!)


I’ve attached a few pictures of the church garden, particularly for the benefit of those who may not get to see it so often (John and Tony, I guess).

As you can see the white ox-eye daisies and “snow-in summer” are putting on a good show at the moment, are possibly getting a little out of hand – and there’s been a lovely red peony in flower!

Everything else is looking fine, despite the lack of rain and David’s perfectly-mown lawn provides the finishing touch. The cross in the middle of it is slowly starting to fill out with various wild flowers… and we should even have a strawberry harvest before too long!


I hope you’re all keeping well in body, mind and spirit. I’ve been blessed to be able to get out gardening a fair bit, and enjoy popping in at the church from time to time.

The garden there is waking up and looking good; the birds are still emptying the feeders and I’ve seen plenty of bees and butterflies about already. All our new fruit trees are coming into leaf, and Julie’s cherry tree is flowering.

I managed to get the lawnmower working eventually – I think it was the power of prayer! – and hope to keep mowing from time to time.

I took an executive decision and left the little rectangle of grass on the left of the main entrance to grow as a mini meadow for wildlife. I hope that’s OK with you all.

It hasn’t rained for some time and the water butt is empty, so I’ll be watering from the tap for a while, which is presumably helpful in terms of clearing the pipes, too.

Upcoming Events

Nov
25
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space...
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 25 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
Nov
29
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Nov 29 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Dec
1
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 1 @ 13:00 – 14:30
 
Dec
2
Wed
10:00 BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
BABC Lunch Club @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
10:00 Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Friendly Heritage Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
Weekly sessions provide a healthy shared lunch and combine local heritage and dementia friendly activities to help support and provide people with dementia and their carers with a safe space...
10:00 Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Gardening Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 2 @ 10:00 – 16:00
 
Dec
6
Sun
10:30 Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Sunday Service @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 6 @ 10:30 – 12:00
 
Dec
8
Tue
13:00 Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Bible Study Group @ Bishop Auckland Baptist Church
Dec 8 @ 13:00 – 14:30