Bishop James visits St Luke's community gardens

Bishop James joined the congregation of St Luke's Crosby at a special service to bless their community gardens.

At the end of the service he planted a shrub and prayed that the gardens would be used to bring healing, consolation and enjoyment to those who visited. He also spoke of the importance of being stewards of Creation and said that in caring for the environment we do this for Christ (passage from Colossians ch 1).

Other guests included local councillors, Joe Benton MP, those who designed and built the garden, and people from Landlife who had advised on wildflower planting.

The service was followed by a BBQ lunch.

Steve Matthews, co-ordinator of the grounds' project at St Luke's said: 'We are delighted that Bishop James has given his time to bless our community gardens and has affirmed the stewardship of our patch of Creation here at St Luke's. Our vision is to create a place of beauty and to provide a haven for people and wildlife. We very much trust that our local community will find these gardens to be a place of refuge and healing.'

Photograph: Bishop James plants a shrub in the community gardens watched by Amanda Houston (garden designer), Rev Pete Spiers and Steve Matthews.