Our autumn 2018 series of talks titled ‘Cherishing God’s Earth’ helped us to understand what our faith has to say about our care of God’s creation. These talks inspired us to think about what we can do to care for creation and our PCC has made a commitment to make Cherishing God’s Earth part of our mission.

We launched the initiative by inviting our church and community to join us in our Lent Plastic Challenge. We wanted to help people to reflect on their use of single-use plastic and think about how we can all take action by refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic (the 4Rs). Click here if you wish to find out more about the Lent Plastic Challenge and the amazing things achieved in the 40 day period and the life changing pledges made .

Part of our Cherishing’s God’s Earth mission is to become an Eco Church is an award scheme run by A Rocha UK, a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. Find out more here.  The award is split across several areas:
1) worship and teaching,
2) church buildings and land,
3) community and global engagement and
4) lifestyle.

The great news is that we’re well on our way to gaining a Bronze Award but we need to do more work on the lifestyle aspects before this can be achieved. Check out Latest News to find out more.

Our work with children and families – Through science, the environment has centred as the theme of our worship at our monthly Family Services over the last few months. More recently our Children and Families Worker has lead an assembly and workshop at a local primary school to explore the theme of water and the environment, alongside its spiritual meaning.

What’s next?

Developing our Environmental Policy– We will be writing our environmental policy to outline and communicate our vision to be stewards of creation, and our responsibility to take care of the earth through our Cherishing God’s Earth mission.

Celebrating Creationtide– We are planning to celebrate and cherish God’s gift to humanity this Creationtide (1st September to 4th October) through a special environment themed Parish Communion.  More information to come.