New Harvest UMC dedicates new prayer garden


Written and submitted by Susan Roberson

New Harvest United Methodist Church in Valdosta celebrated 17 actual years as a constituted church at the annual Harvest Sunday, or Homecoming, as many call it.

The service was full of good singing, smiling faces, friends old and new, and the spirit of God was upon this place. There was a table spread that was well blessed and eagerly received following morning worship.

Pastor Robby Paulk asked a few members to share during the worship service what New Harvest means to them. First, James Yarbrough spoke of our early beginnings and how far we have come. He also touched on the hope of continuing to serve. Ricky Johnson, chair of the trustees, shared that New Harvest has become his home. He said that by becoming a working member of this church family, he has learned that you never underestimate the power of God’s love or his plans. Finally, Destini King shared how God worked in her and her husband’s lives as they shared in the love and welcome of this, their church family, their home. She spoke of the open arms that meet anyone who enters the doors sharing welcome, fellowship and love.

This was a special day as the long dreamed about prayer garden came to fruition. A dedication of the New Harvest’s Prayer Garden was held following morning worship. The church trustees presented the prayer garden to the church as ready for worship, praise, and prayer. The congregation began to move outside to the garden and the Lord decided to send a cooling shower of water to bless this place. The congregation remained inside the sanctuary where they could see the beautiful construction out the full-length windows. The base of the garden is filling up with bricks dedicated to friends and family members to honor their work, their lives, and their love for Christ and this congregation. There are benches and swings to sit and soak up the beauty of God’s creation as one lifts their thoughts and prayers and praise to Jesus Christ.

Any time you are driving down East Park Avenue (or the Lakeland Highway), feel free to stop by and take a few minutes to offer a word or two to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Be thankful!