Limestone Presbyterian Church created a Rain Garden on April 13, 2013.
Volunteers planted beds of flowers that were selected because of their ability to filter chemicals that often run off a parking lot when it rains. The
garden helps send cleaner water downstream for benefit of water life and all of us.
What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a garden designed as a shallow depression to collect water
that runs off driveways, roofs and other paved surfaces. Find out more about
In this helpful article
at the Rain Gardens for the Bays website.
Rain Gardens for the
Bays: A Regional Campaign For
Greening Our Neighborhoods And Protecting Our Streams and Bays By
Creating Thousands Of Rain Gardens In Local Watersheds
United Water Delaware
(UWDE) provided a $1000 partnering
grant to help make this rain garden a reality. The funds come from UWDE’s
Watershed Control Plan, an innovative, environmentally friendly, and cost
effective approach to improving water quality by reducing contaminants entering
source water. UWDE General Manager Susan Skomorucha said, “We are
pleased to partner in such a great project to help protect the quality of the local
surface water we depend on to provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water for
a population of 100,000 in northern New Castle County.”
Plants for Rain Garden
Rain Garden Planting Party
Creation Care: A Tradition of Limestone Presbyterian
- The April 2013 installation of our rain garden was the latest creation care project by the church:
- Limestone Presbyterian Church was the first church in the “First State” to put 180 solar panels on their
sanctuary roof in July 2008.
- We later started the church’s Community Garden to provide healthy, locally grown organic food that benefits
our neighbors in need, church families and friends.
- Limestone Pastor Carolyn Winfrey Gillette’s creation care hymns are used by congregations throughout
the USA and overseas.
- The church recycling program is supported by containers in locations throughout the building.
- A Memorial Garden now provides a final resting place for loved ones and comforting place for their families
while saving land use for other purposes.
- Andrew Rudin of the Interfaith Coalition on
Energy, the national authority of energy conservation for churches
according to the U.S. Department of Energy, did an in-depth energy audit of the church building in the Fall
of 2004. Limestone’s Property Committee Co-chair Robert VanderDecker then followed up on the audit’s report,
including changing the sanctuary lights to compact fluorescent light fixtures.
- When the church had a mission group go to Kenya in June 2006 where former Limestone pastor Lyle Dykstra
was serving, the Limestone Presbyterians planted hundreds of trees in addition to helping in the construction of
a church and school. Reforestation efforts are very important in many developing countries. Kenya’s Wangari
Maathai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her Green Belt Movement, a grassroots environmental organization,
which has now planted over 40 million trees across Kenya.
- Limestone Presbyterians went on a mission group to the Gulf Coast in 2007, led by Pastor Bruce Gillette,
which helped in the rebuilding efforts there after Hurricane Katrina, a devastating storm that many scientists see
as being more severe due to Climate Change. Newsweek reported in its July 7-14, 2008 issue that
Global Warming Is a Cause of This Year’s Extreme Weather. Another mission trip to help rebuild Hurricane Sandy
is in the process of being organized.
- Limestone Presbyterians went on a mission group to Honduras in June 2008 led by Pastor Carolyn Gillette.
The group gave out "Bogo" solar lights to dozens of families in a rural village there along with offering a free
medical clinic with three doctors that came with the group, providing three hand cranked sewing machines for a
local sewing project and assisting in building a school in Honduras.
- The Church offers educational events about creation care throughout the year. Pastors Bruce and Carolyn
Gillette have spoken in church conferences about earth care in New York, Virginia and Washington, DC