“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
These words from Ecclesiastes remind us that in nature, and in life, things change. This can be with the big things in life but also with the small, from Presidential elections to planting onions, it talks about seasons of change all too familiar to those who garden. With this in mind PXI has refocussed its Space to Grow sessions onto the morning and afternoon sessions on a Thursday at LEAF and at Yew Lane, we’ll still be continuing with Plot107 but this will now for a time be a secondary focus. LEAF and Yew Lane offer us spaces that have a real potential to offer those who come far more than a simple opportunity to grow food – with kitchen and rest facilities at Yew Lane we hope to include food preserving and cooking opportunities, and at the community space at LEAF we have the wide range of activities from gardening to beekeeping and related skills. So now is “….a time to build” as we look forward to a new season of focus on these two sites to develop the Space to Grow project.
At Yew Lane the building process is entering an exciting new phase – as well as significant work in the front garden, we hope in the next year to also refurbish the kitchen and begin work on developing a second and completely new activity room. But as well as this physical building work we’re also looking at new activities and new sessions to take us forward into 2013, these include:
- Thursday afternoon Space to Grow gardening and cooking sessions.
- “Movement Medicine” dance for women
- Songs for the Soul singing sessions
In all this we are looking to build a “family” – not of course one built on birth relationships and genetics, but one based on people wanting to be together, grow with each other; share, care, love and support for each other. We don’t imagine that all our family will be Christians, we simply want to offer the opportunity to be part of it everyone who wants it ….. so if that’s you we’ll look forward to seeing you.