Hands for Growing

Growing Gardens, Growing Healthy Relationships


  Our children and teens see relationships portrayed in many, many ways. How are they to know which are healthy, safe relationships and which are not?

 Summer time fun!
April 29 - Aug. 14, 2019

Hands for Growing 
is a fun,hands-on experience for young people who will be entering 6th, 7th or 8th in the coming school year. We learn skills needed to grow a healthy garden and relate those to skills needed to grow healthy relationships. For example, some of our topics are: Good Foundations, Boundaries, Identifying Signs, and Handling Conflict.

​Young people who have participated in the past have been very positive about their experience and often return for a second and third year. We use games, creative activities, and discussions - as well as gardening, of course!

We meet at the Hands for Growing garden in Legion Park, next to the horseshoe pits,
Wednesday mornings, 9:00-11:00. We know that kids have busy summers and will likely miss some Wednesdays, don't let that stop you from gettting in on the fun! 

The first hour is spent on the garden portion, at 10 we take a snack/drink break, and move into connecting what we just did in the garden to relationships.

You can REGISTER RIGHT HERE, pick up a registration form at the parish office, gathering areas of church, or call Pat, 254-2828, to have one mailed to you.

Hands for Growing is open to kids who are not members of St. Patrick's also...so invite your friends to sign up!

Follow us on our blog   http://hands4growing.blogspot.com/

​Hands for Growing is a partnership of St. Patrick's Safe Environment Program and DOVES.







A look at the topics :

* Week 1,  Initial Garden Site Meeting, Introductions
* Week 2,  - Good Foundations
* Week 3,   Boundaries
* Week 4,   Handling Conflict
* Week 5, Thugs and Bullies

* Week 6, Identifying Signs
* Week 7,  R-E-S-P-E-C-T

* Week 8,  Oh, the Pressure!
* Week 9, Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends
* Week 10,  Ways Gardening is Like Dating
* Week 11,  - See How Our Garden Grows
* Week 12,   Shifting Gears and Evening Family Celebration

And...Hopefully Never! - Disaster Strikes - What do we do if the garden gets hailed out or otherwise destroyed? What do you do if a relationship "gets hailed out"?

We have had to break out this session in past years.