Cheryl took over a ministry started by her mom and performed three “miracles” to prove her authority.
Penelope Blossom began her own ministry while in Hiram’s prison and continued preaching to a congregation at Thornhill once she escaped during episode 10.
She explained to Cheryl that she spent years searching for the meaning in Jason’s death, then realized he was a sacrifice. She hoped to bolster Riverdale’s “spiritual future” via offerings provided by the congregants. But Cheryl, now cynical, called her mom shameless for defiling the memory of Jason and swindling the people.
By episode 13, Cheryl decided that the church wasn’t a scam; it was her calling and she actually enjoyed ministering. She also roped Kevin in as the ministry’s new artistic director, and they performed songs from “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
On episode 16, Kevin suggested that Cheryl perform three “miracles” to upstage Penelope and show that she was superior to her mom.
For the first “miracle,” Cheryl claimed that Jason granted her the ability to turn water into maple syrup.
For the second “miracle,” Cheryl’s palms seemingly bled like that of Jesus.
For the third and most elaborate trick, Cheryl decided on a taming of the bees. As she held the insects in her hands, she called herself Queen of the Bees and threatened Penelope, who left immediately.
Afterward, Cheryl told Kevin that something powerful in her shifted during the bee miracle and although she admitted she wasn’t a saint, she wondered if she was the “holiest of holies.”
When Kevin later questioned Cheryl about who exactly the ministry was praying to if, not Jason, she fasted for enlightenment. After her cleanse, Cheryl said that the higher power was nature itself and that they’d pray to mother earth, known as Gaia.
Kevin decided that the ministry was getting too “fringy,” so he stepped away.