In June, 2011
In June, 2011, our session reviewed a four-phase plan for the wooded area adjacent to the church parking lot and field. As a result of that conversation, the session recommended and voted to complete “phase I.” It includes:
|1) The purchase of a Playground Adventure structure to be placed adjacent to the woods and grassy area behind the parking area. It will include swings, a large slide, picnic table, climb toy and tree-house-like platform. We hope to see it installed no later than July 25th.|
|2) Work continues on the ¼ mile trail in the woods. Over time it will become a “prayer walk” with up to seven stops/stations along the way. It will include benches and other spaces to experience the spirit of God reflected in creation. There will be a variety of plantings, a rock garden, birdhouses, and more.|
The Work . . .
The Work on our Quilt installation is also a part of “phase I.” We look forward to being a part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail. Our quilt will mirror an original design by Ola Coombs. Fair Play Presbyterian Church is first church in the state to receive a quilt installation. We had our installation and dedication on October 30th, 2011 (see pictures in photo gallery under below).
The expense for upgrades and new development is coming from the memorial funds given in honor of loved ones, and from the generous giving from the members of this congregation over the past 10 years.
There are three other phases of this project getting ready to be discussed. Some ideas include a stacked-stone fireplace, and a covered pavilion with space for us to gather for picnics and outdoor services such as the Easter sunrise service.
Some ways you can support this project:
|• Financial donation: plantings, landscape timbers, stones, plaques, flowers, rocks, benches, etc.|
|• Time working in the woods: clearing trail, installing plantings, design and upkeep|
|• Time painting on the quilt project|
|• Development of prayer walk|
"We have already witnessed children, youth and adults walking through the path in the woods, reflecting on the beauty of creation, taking deep breathes and enjoying this special space."