The Biblical Garden
The Biblical Garden at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church was created as a sacred place of healing and beauty that honors the presence and grace of our Lord. It was first planted in the 1960s, soon after the congregation was founded. It was designed for visitors—human and otherwise—to experience a garden of plants mentioned in the scriptures. The renewal of the garden began in 2008 with an added emphasis on created sacred space. Visitors are invited for a quiet stroll, a time of meditation or a picnic in the Biblical Garden, and while you’re there, stop in to pray or reflect in the little chapel, which is open 24 hours a day. The garden can be accessed through the Columbarium, or through the gates between the north and south bridges.
The Biblical Garden features a living stream, a sounding bell, benches, and many, many plants and trees. A bronze sculpture, A Gift of New Life, by Prescott sculptor Bob Scheelings, was dedicated in the Biblical Garden on November 29, 2009 by the family of Merrian Carver. Figs, olives, pomegranates, desert plants of the southwest, rosemary, carob and palm trees and more, grow throughout the desert wash on the east side of our campus between the north and south bridges. The Biblical Garden is a place of prayer, healing and celebration.
The Biblical Garden is a Sacred Place . . .
…welcoming you to step into the space where the veil between God and Creation is thin, allowing a sacred connection, where mystery is experienced.
The Biblical Garden is a place of Healing . . .
…inviting you to open your heart, mind and body to receive fully the comfort, support and compassion available through God’s love and grace.
The Biblical Garden is a place of Beauty . . .
…encouraging you to discover the joy in life’s awesome creativity. Find God in the ordinary and the extraordinary along the pathway and by the living stream.
The Biblical Garden is a place of Presence . . .
…allowing you to explore a closer relationship with God. Celebrate your unique spirit and connection to the essence of eternity.
Ask and it will be given to you;
Seek and ye shall find,
Knock and the door shall be opened to you