Yet hope is not lost. Across the UK, there are churches, Christian land owners, individuals and families praying, building bug hotels in their back gardens, identifying species, doing church outside, putting solar panels on their church roofs, and demanding better for our natural world from the UK government – there are Wild Christians everywhere.
We know that Just Love is as acutely aware of the biblical mandate to care for God’s earth and yet we can’t all be trained nature conservationists by trade. At A Rocha UK, we exist to do that very specific work of nature conservation, as well as to act as a catalyst that sparks and equips UK churches and Christians to take informed action where they are.
This is your invitation to get involved, and invest your time, finances and talent in nature and become a Wild Christian.
We need our politicians to act now to live up to their commitment to protect and restore nature. The next parliament must be a turning point for nature. Write to your MP with the Nature 2030 campaign. A coalition of nature charities across the UK are writing to all MPs with five policy asks which will support nature thriving in the UK.
A Rocha is working to see 75,000 acres of land across the UK managed to restore habitats for nature and people through partnering with other Christian institutions and individuals with land. We have more demand for projects than we can support. Can you join our growing donor base to support our vision?
We are looking for those who can give whatever they can afford, or if you would like to discuss larger donations, or how the money is spent, we would be delighted to talk more with you.
Our nature conservation volunteers range from those who have never picked up a spade or pruned a plant, to those with years of expertise and experience – everyone is welcome, of all faiths and none, and we work together in our care for creation.
Volunteer at either Wolf Fields, our West London reserve, or at Foxearth Meadows, our Suffolk reserve, for our weekly work parties to learn new skills in the fresh air and exercise as part of a friendly team.
We have Partners in Action across the UK, if you don’t live near either of reserves get in touch and we can link you up with partners across the UK.
Do you enjoy contributing creative ideas, writing engaging articles, or researching current topics and can spare some hours on a regular or semi-regular basis?
As part of our Wild Christian programme, we prepare and send a bi-monthly email to our Wild Christian community with practical, interesting and well researched articles and ideas for enjoying, nurturing and defending nature together.
We have a small team of staff and volunteers who contribute to this and we are currently looking to grow that team.
At A Rocha, we want to meaningfully serve the church and Christians who are seeking to practically work to care for God’s creation.
It’s important therefore that we are hearing regularly from those we seek to serve and ensuring our communications and programmes are relevant and helpful.
Please get in touch if you would be interested in sharing your views and feedback at our regular Engagement Working Group meetings.