Storm Petrels in Portugal, a new nature reserve in Suffolk, an award-winning church in Manchester and a creation care scheme in Nigeria are all featured in a brand new prayer service for A Rocha UK supporters.
A quarterly Prayer E-News has been launched to offer specific guidance for prayer from A Rocha UK and the wider A Rocha family across the globe. Each edition will carry five brief updates backed up with prayer points.
‘It will be very simple, with a mixture of items relating to the work of A Rocha, and items relating to broader environmental issues,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.
‘We want it to act as a catalyst to draw people together to pray – both for the problems this world is facing, and for the people working to make a difference.’
So the first edition offers the latest news on various A Rocha UK initiatives and concerns including – the Foxearth appeal, an Eco-Congregation in the north-west of England and the pressure mounting on Britain’s countryside.
In addition, there are updates on A Rocha Portugal – which was the first ever A Rocha project – and Nigeria’s Eden Creation Care Initiative, which has been adopted as A Rocha International’s first associated project.
Each short story is boosted by brief bullet points to guide supporters in prayer. For instance, the Foxearth appeal has a £55,000 target, and Christ Church, Manchester, ask for inspiration as they continue their ‘eco-journey’.
The aim is for Prayer E-News to become a ‘living liturgy’ for you and your church as your community seeks to be more environmentally aware and take action to rescue and restore God’s earth.
‘We have a clear goal,’ said Ruth Valerio. ‘It’s very simple. We want to see the Church reach the point where it’s as commonplace to be engaged in creation care as it is to be involved in community work.
‘The good news is that things are definitely changing in the UK Church. Absolutely no doubt about it. But we still have a way to go. So we need your prayers.’ (Pictured is A Rocha International Executive Director Chris Naylor at Rockwater Fish Farm in Nigeria.)