Get grounded – join the Grounds Team

Are you a new church member, looking for ways to connect with fellow Columbia UUs? Are you a long-time member who’d like to participate in church life in a new way, without feeling over-committed? Whoever you are, the UUCC Grounds Team may have something for you!

Our team’s mission is to foster the development and maintenance of our church’s grounds in an earth-friendly and sustainable way, and to encourage people of all ages to interact with the beautiful outdoor space around our church. We usually meet monthly (less often during the cold months) to develop our priorities for the year, discuss ongoing projects, and to work outdoors on planting, weeding, mulching, and whatever else needs to be done to keep our church grounds beautiful, healthy, and people-friendly.

Our biggest project over the past three years has been converting the perennial beds in the church’s “front yard” to native species. This effort is almost complete, and couldn’t have been accomplished without the dedication of many volunteers who contributed physical labor as well as the brain power to conceive and plan the plantings. Projects in the works include adding native plants to the Memorial Garden area and a possible collaboration with the R.E. Team to develop a natural playground area.

The Grounds Team could use a few new members to help with the visioning, planning, and budgeting part of our mission. And we can always use more helpers at our outdoor work days during the warm months. If collaborating with a fun, laid-back group of UUs who like to spend time outdoors sounds like a good way to contribute to the life of our church, the Grounds Team is for you! Email co-chairs Jeanne Murphy or Patty Daus to learn more.