As part of its year-long focus on dignity and the environment, the Canton Church of the Brethren is offering a Bee Summit/Workshop by local beekeeper Greg Mathis on Wednesday, June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the church located at 269 E. Chestnut in Canton. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about bees, bees impact on our world, or the art of beekeeping.
“Greg Mathis will help us understand all aspects of one of our most precious insects,” said Pastor Kevin Kessler. “We know that bees are important to the balance of nature but this will provide us with an inside look and appreciation for a vital part of Creation.”
Attendees will gain knowledge about why bees are disappearing, how the Apis melliefera (western honey bee) came to America, historical and practical aspects of beekeeping, and what can be done to help the bees. Time permitting, the group will travel to a local bee aviary to observe the bees in action.
“People jokingly ask how the honey gets from the big white bee box into that plastic bear squeeze bottle,” said Greg Mathis. “I actually know the answer to that question and will gladly share the knowledge.”
The Canton Church of the Brethren is in its second year of focusing on dignity for all of God’s Creation. During 2018, the church is specifically addressing current environmental issues and Christian responsibility to protect our world.
For more information, visit the church’s website at https://cantonbrethrenchurch.org/, call (309) 647-4828 or email cantoncob@gmail. The church also maintains a Facebook page.