Chapel Garden

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The groundbreaking and blessing of St. David’s Chapel Garden was celebrated under canopies in the rain Sunday, August 14, to mark the beginning of site work and construction of an outdoor worship center that will expand the ministries of the church.

The Rev. Kelsey Hutto, St. David’s priest and pastor, turned the first shovelful of earth and others followed to mark the center of an altar and worship patio.  The altar, circled by benches, will be used for a variety of outdoor services and activities, including Holy Communion, prayer and special services, private meditation, and scattering of ashes at funerals.  Prayers were offered to bless the ground, the congregation, and the act of beginning a new ministry for the church and the community.

The Chapel Garden is just south of the church building, located at State Roads 45 and 135 in Bean Blossom.  It can be seen from the sanctuary during worship and will be open as part of sacred space that includes a children’s playground and gardens used by the church and the Bean Blossom Farmers’ Market.

The altar is designed in the “tree of life”, “Eucharist” and “vine and branches imagery found in scripture and tradition.  From Christ, the vine or trunk, spring the four limbs of the gospels with each having three branches representing the Trinity for a total of 12 branches representing the apostles supporting the altar top where the Eucharistic liturgy takes place.  Funeral ashes may be passed through the trunk to the earth below or be scattered on the ground in the garden, according to family choice.

The altar framework is being built by Brown County metal artist Jim Conner, and the site work, patio, benches and altar top are the work of contractors Ian and Doug Miller.  Completion date is planned for early fall, and the consecration of the new garden and its worship area by the Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis, will be on All Saints’ Day, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.

If you wish to view the video of the groundbreaking ceremony please click here