Kids Became Environmental Stewards at Great Big Beautiful World in Red Bank

September 12, 2022 | GNJ News

The United Methodist Church of Red Bank, a Greenfaith congregation in Red Bank, hosted a week-long, green-focused program the first week of August. Children ages 5-11 got their hands dirty exploring, celebrating, and learning to care for God’s good creation. Kids who attended Great Big Beautiful World saw the life stages of a monarch butterfly from Betty Rushton; learned from Taylor Berry of Rising Tide Botanicals about gardening and faith, heard from Blair Nelsen of Spiritwater about the watercycle; and met the Red Bank assemblage artist, Lisa Bagwell, who makes art from found objects on the beach. Bonnie Deroski, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, says, “it’s really important for kids to learn to care for the earth at a young age. That’s the way good habits form.”

The United Methodist Church of Red Bank is a Reconciling church, open for ALL to experience the love and grace of God and be inspired to faithful living and service. We are passionate about inclusivity, justice and environmental stewardship. We welcome children and youth to a special place where they are known and loved, where their questions are encouraged, and where they can gather to find meaning and faith for their lives.

For more information, contact Bonnie Deroski,