for Church of the Holy Spirit
AUGUST 31, 2014
The Church of the Holy Spirit was founded in 1987 along with Our Father's Garden and has served the community and the diocese faithfully for this past 27 years. As this ministry comes to a close it is our prayer that the Lord will continue to use the members of the Church of the Holy Spirit to carry on the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our Father's Garden is the principal mission of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Located here, on 4 acres of land, is the church office, our Mission and Ministry Center, and the Garden, where parishoners and local volunteers raise vegetables and fruits, which are given to Southeast Ministries to help feed the hungry
Begun in 1987, the Garden contained raised vegetable beds, an apiary and several fruit orchards of figs, citrus, blueberries, grapes, and blackberries. Additionally, there are several lushly foliated areas maintained to provide places for refuge and meditation with the Lord amidst the beauty of his creation.
As the Lord told us to "feed my sheep," we believe this to represent both a physical and spiritual feeding. Thus, you will find people coming to Our Father's Garden to receive spiritual direction and healing prayer as well as seeking help with more temporal needs.
Work in the Garden was an ongoing daily event, and Saturdays were set aside as Workdays where members of the body and volunteers from the local community gathered to work in the Garden, provide fellowship to one another, and be available to answer God's call on us. Helping hands are always welcome and people are encouraged to just come and see what they can do.
Many school children visited the Garden annually to plant, harvest, tour, and hear the story of the Garden. Additionally, Scouting groups, high school and college students, church youth groups, missionary teams, and others performing public service offer their time and talents to help with various work projects in the Garden.
Several newspaper and magazine articles have been written about the Garden over the years, among which are an article in the May 1997 issue of Southern Living as well as several articles in the Baton Rouge Advocate.
Jim Buchtel - Sr. Warden
Connie Pruett - Clerk Don Rudisel - Treasurer
Church of the Holy Spirit
14344 South Harrell's Ferry Road
Baton Rouge, La. 70816
Office phone: 225-751-2116