In the spring of 2020 the congregation’s missional outreach team repurposed a retired ball field to become an inspirational green space for the use and enjoyment of the surrounding community. A Prayer Walk was installed along with a number of prayer station signs. We invite you to take a walk and reflect on what God may be asking of you, and while there be sure to discover the meadow.
This 16,000 square-foot wildflower meadow was planted with a native, north-eastern pollinator meadow-mixture of seeds. There you may find Poppies, Corn Flowers, Black-eyed Susans, Asclepias, Echinacea, Coreopsis, Sweet William and — since this is a work in progress — even more yet to come. This beautiful carpet of color is not only welcoming to our human visitors, but also to pollinators of all shapes and sizes.
To extend our welcome to God’s creatures even further, a butterfly box and 7 blue bird boxes were installed by the Creation Care Team and others from Good Shepherd’s congregation. Five of the boxes were custom designed and built by fellow church member, Dr. Alex Johnson, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing Technology at Millersville University.
Box occupancy has gotten off to an exciting start. In the three months following their installation, a brood of five blue birds were raised and fledged successfully. Other species including Chickadees, Tree Swallows, and House Wrens have also taken an interest in these ready-made homes.
Deer, hawks and even Bald Eagles have been frequent visitors to Good Shepherd as well. To that point, after a visit from a representative from the Lancaster Conservancy, the church grounds became certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat and designated “sacred ground” by the National Wildlife Federation. Something that all in our congregation can take great pride.
We continue to work on improving our property for the benefit of all. We hope you will take advantage of all that we have to offer and further discover God’s abundant and diverse creation.