• Viven Welch, parishioner at St. Monica's

St. Monica's cleans highway


Members of St. Monica's, Cantonment, jooin together to beautify highway in their neighborhood. Photo by Viven Welch

Saint Monica’s in Cantonment started a new ministry after their monthly potluck on Sunday, March 26—their first quarterly HWY 95A Trash Pick Up! Sixteen people donned stylish florescent green, reflective vests and blue gloves, and set out on the highway with trash bags in hand. Within 45 minutes, the group picked up a truck load of trash (12 bags) and recyclables (5 bags) along with a tire and a desk!

St. Monica's, Cantonment, proudly fill a pickup truck bed with trash in just 45 minutes. Photo by the Rev. Anthony MacWhinnie

St. Monica’s is partnering with Keep Pensacola Beautiful who lent them the vests along with trash and recycling bags. They will log their time and the amount of trash picked up for their records. In return, Keep Pensacola Beautiful will be giving St. Monica’s a sign to post on the highway that says something to the effect that the beautification of the highway is thanks to St. Monica’s Episcopal Church.

While the advertisement will be great, and it is wonderful to see the area around the church cleaned up, Elizabeth MacWhinnie reports that the true rewards from starting this ministry is getting to spend time talking, and singing with fellow parishioners while doing their part to help the environment, and getting a little exercise at the same time.

To see more of the good things happening at St. Monica's, visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaintMonicasEpiscopal/

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