Putting creation care at the heart of church life has earned a Buckinghamshire parish the Eco-congregation award.
‘The two St James’ at Gerrards Cross and Fulmer recently received the honour after an intensive 18-month journey into environmental issues. They not only pursued a programme to make their congregations eco-friendly, but also set up a Love Creation team to spearhead the changes.
Their eco-efforts included a whole range of activities – from children’s woodland art to a complete energy audit of their building. Everything from staff training to house group Bible studies covered environmental issues. They invited A Rocha UK founder Dave Bookless to speak at services.
‘We felt it was particularly important that we modelled creation care,’ said Love Creation team member Tricia Fiddian. Tricia looks after their communications, which include a blog and newsletter.
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From 7th-13th September, holidaymakers will be able to see a snake, walk to a lighthouse, run down a sand dune and follow the steps of Celtic saints – all at the St Madoc Centre – part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network.
They can enjoy walks, dramatic scenery and home-cooked food with like-minded people at the Gower venue. Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio will speak on ‘God and Creation in the book of Isaiah’. This will be Ruth’s own first visit to St Madoc’s. ‘I’ve heard how much people enjoyed it last year,’ she said, ‘so I’m looking forward to being there myself.’
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To add such an exciting aquatic feature to the Wolf Fields conservation site, supporters can register with the Aviva Community Fund and elect A Rocha UK’s project. Making it through to the finals will give the charity the chance to win up to £10,000.
That could mean schoolchildren and families can sit and watch frogs, dragonflies and other wild waterborne mini-beasts buzz and bounce around the flowers and reeds amid an urban residential neighbourhood in West London. Voting closes on 30th May.
After registering, supporters will receive ten votes. Should they wish, they can use all of their votes on Wolf Fields.
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Described by A Rocha UK chief Steve Hughes as ‘one of our unsung heroes’, George ran a monthly prayer meeting in Southport for the charity, for more than 20 years. ‘In his lifetime he recruited many into A Rocha UK,’ said Steve.
‘No one who’d been in any of George’s home groups was unaware of his passion,’ said Dr Hugh Milligan, a longstanding member of the Southport prayer group.
George (pictured) and wife Pat were right there at the start of the international work. They were attending St Mary’s Church, Upton, when young curate Peter Harris shared his vision for Christian conservation.
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To be held at the popular North Devon retreat centre Lee Abbey, from 8th-15th August, Jubilee For Creation! will examine the statement, ‘Why the whole of creation needs a Sabbath rest’. A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured bottom left) and World Wildlife Fund Chief executive David Nussbaum (pictured top right) will explore the biblical idea of jubilee in the context of the environment.
Morning sessions will look at the need for people and the wider creation to take a break. There will also be a performance of actor Andrew Harrison’s one-man show about the natural world, The Last Cuckoo. A resident member of the York-based Riding ... Read more...