May begins tomato season in the Presbytery of Detroit.
Each of the presbytery’s 44 congregations participating in the “Great Tomato Give-Away” receives 48 tomato plants, to be handed out during worship as part of a “blessing of the plants.”
It is the work of Hands on Mission, a ministry of the presbytery of Detroit that seeks to link congregations with hands-on mission projects both within and outside the presbytery.
Approximately 6-7 weeks after the distribution of the tomato plants the ripened fruits begin the return journey back to the congregation. Each week during the growing season the congregation collects the ripened fruit and donates it to a local food pantry.
“It helps people feel closer to God, doing something for someone else, and at the same time it helps the church get closer to the community,” shared Tom O’Neal, from Hands on Mission.