Thousands of Christians caught the vision of A Rocha UK when one of the charity’s leaders played a key role at this year’s Spring Harvest.
Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio not only delivered specialist seminars on ‘creation care’ – but also contributed to the main teaching programme at the highly popular Christian holiday event.
Nearly 200 attended Ruth’s own seminars at the Butlins holiday resorts in Minehead and Skegness. She looked at the biblical case for caring for the wider creation and why it’s an integral part of being a Christian.
However, an additional 400 each morning also heard Ruth speak about God as Creator. She was delivering those key messages as part of the event theme, which focused on foundational truths about the Father, the Son and the Spirit, set out in the Apostles’ Creed. Nearly 20,000 attended Spring Harvest overall.
‘There was a mixture of people who hadn’t considered this issue before,’ said Ruth, ‘and others who’d been walking the environmental path for years and years. One woman was a champion recycler for her locality!’
After the seminars, concerned delegates spoke with Ruth about hands-on issues such as how to get their churches engaged with the environment. ‘The questions were more practical than theoretical,’ Ruth explained. ‘People want to know, how do we actually do this?’
Spring Harvest, which ran from 5th-18th April, is in its 36th year. Ruth has been speaking there for 19 of them. More than a million people are said to have taken part in this programme of teaching and worship over the years. (Pictured – Ruth Valerio shares the A Rocha UK vision at Spring Harvest. Photo: Jonathan Watkins/PhotoGlow Photography)