This is an example of the blessing stones that will be installed around the city of Chatfield this summer. The Chatfield United Methodist Church will be sharing them with businesses, putting them in public spaces and green spaces.
This is an example of the blessing stones that will be installed around the city of Chatfield this summer. The Chatfield United Methodist Church will be sharing them with businesses, putting them in public spaces and green spaces.
This summer Chatfield United Methodist Church is taking a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is a sacred journey that blesses both the one taking the journey and the places the journey leads. But Chatfield United Methodist Church is not traveling to some far off distant place or "specially" blessed place in order to walk a sacred path. Congregation members are going to journey right in Chatfield.

Along the way the church will be placing blessing stones and speaking words of blessing and affirmation for the good of the community.

In the Methodist tradition, each step in the journey is a sacred step taken in a sacred place with God going with each step.

The congregation hopes that as one encounters the blessing stones from Chatfield United Methodist Church that will be placed around the community this summer, the individual will take a moment to see a place that God considers sacred. Add thoughts of blessing to that particular place and celebrate the goodness of this community.

On June 30, following worship, members of the congregation will walk (or drive) from Chatfield United Methodist Church to Main Street where they will place stones on the doorsteps of businesses and speak words of blessing.

Businesses that are located outside of downtown will receive their stones during the next week, as parishioners are able to deliver them.

The steppingstones are simple, made by the members and friends of Chatfield United Methodist Church. Owners of the businesses can do what they wish with the stones, place them in gardens at home or keep them at the place of business. The important thing to know is that members of the Chatfield United Methodist Church believe in each business and knows it is vital to this community and of sacred worth to God.

If a business does not receive a stone and would like one, contact the church office. If one would not like to receive a stone, also contact the church office at (507) 867-3529.

In July members of the congregation will walk to and bless the green spaces in the Chatfield community that bring so much richness to the town.

In August the church will bless the public service and gathering spaces such as the library, the funeral home, Potter Auditorium and more. Because of these places, Chatfield has so much to offer anyone who decides to make this place home.

According to the Rev. Debra Jene Collum, the congregation is estimating that it will make around 100 steppingstones! There are 100 public sacred places right here in Chatfield, she said. "When we began this project we thought we would make about half that many! Even we didn't imagine the great abundance that is Chatfield. That is how it is with God. God brings us to places beyond our imagination. We, at Chatfield United Methodist Church are thankful that God invites us to this sacred journey."