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New program allows area kids to plant seeds of hope

October 9, 2011

Steeler fans T.J. Wildman (left) and Dyson Gould are pictured planting daffodil bulbs as part of a Bible lesson that was presented at Harmon Field Sunday. (Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday School students from the First Church of God in Punxsy, Grace United Methodist Church and the Salvation Army did some
gardening at Harmon Field Sunday morning as part of a Bible lesson.

A new initiative called "Hands On Faith" has begun for students K-5, said Karissa Spencer, director of Children's Ministries (K-5) at First Church of God.

Spencer said that once a month, "Hands On Faith" will try and perform a community service project to coincide with a Bible lesson.

Last month, the children visited the residents of Mulberry Square, Spencer said, adding that this month's project was to plant daffodil bulbs at Harmon Field.

Spencer said organizers chose Harmon Field because there are a lot kids and parents who utilize the swings, slides and picnic pavilion, and will see the flower garden and appreciate it, she said. Organizers thought that daffodil bulbs would be a good metaphor to use as a lesson to teach the kids.

It is a great teachable moment from the Bible so the children can discover what kind of soil they are, Spencer said, adding that it ties in with the parable of the four different kinds of soil.

According to Lee Andrew Henderson a Yahoo religious contributor, Matthew 13:3 - 8, Mark 4:3 - 8 and Luke 8:5 - 6 all tell the story about the Parable of the Soils.

Spencer said the seed is God's word which may be planted in fertile soil, which indicates an open heart, and if the seed is planted into rocky soil, it means a heart that gives into temptation.

"The daffodils are all about God's perfect timing, as the bulbs do not sprout until spring," Spencer said. "With God's timing we don't always get what we want at the time that we want it."

Spencer said project organizers have invited the children's ministries of all of the churches in the Punxsy area to join in this once a month program.

Punxsutawney Borough Council at its September meeting gave permission for the children's ministries to create a garden and plant the bulbs in it.

Spencer said for November a prayer walk is planned in the downtown area where the children and adult leaders will stop at various places such as the police station, council chambers, schools and businesses to pray for people who work at those locations.

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