The Painted Door Church exists to participate in the life and death of Jesus.
Jesus liberates sinners with forgiveness and joins hurting people in their suffering. Our church participates in these ministries of Christ by offering the freedom of his forgiveness and extending the compassion of his suffering.
We're all sinners, and we've all been sinned against. The healing we need is not found in self-loathing or bitterness or people getting what's coming to them. Rather, it's found in forgiveness.
God has forgiven the whole world. And as we embrace his forgiveness for ourselves or offer it to others, we experience freedom.
Likewise, we all suffer, both from our failures and from how others fail us. There is no escaping pain in this world. But there is great comfort in not facing it alone. And we are not alone. God has joined us in our suffering. He knows our hurts and carries them with us. This compassion heals us and teaches us to love hurting people.
No matter where you’re at with faith or in life, you’re welcome here. We’re not a community that has it all figured out, but we are one that enjoys God’s grace. And we invite you to enjoy it with us.
Project Sprout took root in founder Nadia Shabazz’s backyard. Her family had a need for fresh produce since the nearest supermarket only carried semi-spoiled bananas and tomatoes. Shabazz started small, planting leafy greens and berries. When it came time to harvest, she gave extras away to neighbors. She began to see drastic improvements in her children’s health and thought that everyone on her block could benefit. She began inviting neighbors who didn’t have gardens to come plant on her land.
“A happy and healthy community is not a fairytale. All you need is a seed.”
— NADIA Shabazz, FOUNDER
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.