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Farming ministry sows seeds of rebirth at St. Francis' North Bellmore

dli-news-garden.jpgAnn McPartlin calls them “God incidents” – those pivot points in the life of a church when God’s plan becomes a little less mysterious, when connections are made and a way forward is revealed.

By that measure, God is hard at work at St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Bellmore, New York.

The history of this suburban Long Island church stretches back only about two years, to the merger of two parishes. That and the sale of one of the two churches were catalysts for change, as was the growth of a successful farming ministry that has breathed new life into the congregation and the working-class community it serves.