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Grain. Gather. Grow. - Winter Wheat Project

Welcome to Grain Gather Grow! It's not too late to order seeds by emailing us...! If you are receiving this newsletter, you are one of the ~80 (and counting!) people and organisations currently taking part in our new project in which we aim to grow wheat together as a community as we - quite literally - share in one body of bread, following the process from grain to loaf.

 

At the time of writing, 75 seed packets have been sent out by post. They have reached way beyond the boundaries of our church Circuit to every corner of the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, the Midlands and even Belgium!

 

Two thirds of you have not attended Somewhere Else before, and we are delighted to have you on board. We hope you enjoy being a part of our community as we come together virtually during these difficult times of social distancing. Fellowship is an important aspect of Christian faith and we hope to embody that in this ecumenical project!

 

The Story of our Wheat

Our wheat was sourced very randomly back in September from a local farm owned by a friend of a friend in Ince Blundell that had just happened to sow 300 hectares of the seed a week before. The farmer very generously donated half a potato sack of the grain from his silo for us to sow, and was compensated with a loaf of our very own bread baked at our first virtual breadmaking session. Thus beginning the cycle we wish to complete in making our own locally sourced bread next summer!

Top Tips to Look After Your Wheat Early On

  • Do not worry if your wheat hasn't started to sprout above the surface yet. Depending on temperature and water and nutrient availability, this can take anywhere between 5 and 20 days.
  • The best spacing between seeds in your pot is around 2cm. Don't worry if you think you have put too many seeds in your pot, they can always be removed later if it looks too dense.
  • Avoid over-watering your seeds. A good soaking twice a week should be sufficient. 

The Parable of the Sower and our Community

 

"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up,the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plant. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Matthew 13:3-9 NIV

 

The Parable of the Sower is a well-used parable in sermons. The soil is intended to be a metaphor for our hearts as humans and followers of Christ. If our hearts are 'good soil', then we will receive the word from Christ, sending down strong roots into our hearts and spirits, feeling the full effect of its nourishment to produce magnificent fruits.

 

We have an opportunity now, as a community, to live out this metaphor. By nurturing our soil (quite literally) to grow wheat, spending time reaching out to our communities, being mindful of our environment, and 'praying by doing', we are opening our hearts to His love in our lives and in our community.

 

Throughout this project, we hope to remove from our soil the rocks of anxiety and stress we are collectively experiencing in life at the moment. We will uproot any thorns or weeds that might threaten to out-compete the growth of the fruits God has given us. We will place our seed where it will receive the most of the available light. We will share the fruits we are blessed with, with one another in bread when we can finally meet again. 

 

Let us pray:

 

Father God, we thank you

for the seeds you sow in our lives,

day after day, seen and unseen.

We pray that each will land on good soil.

 

Merciful God, we invite you in

to till our soil,

so that it is strong to deal with

every change of season,

always supporting new growth.

 

Gracious God, we ask for forgiveness

for the times that we have allowed our soil

to grow hard to the seeds,

and given too much room for the birds

to take them away.

May we know that we can always turn to you.

 

Lord, we pray for those in need,

whose rocks in their soil appear too much

of a burden to lift.

May they be comforted in knowing that

you will do all the heavy lifting.

 

Amen.

 

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