Caring for Creation

watercolour painting of the earth as seen from space

You made the heavens,
even the highest heavens, and all their starry host,
the earth and all that is on it,
the seas and all that is in them.
You give life to everything,
and the multitudes of heaven worship you.”

Nehemiah 9:6

We have a heart for the care of God’s creation!

Some of our members have lived eco-friendly for decades and their lifestyle, gentle nudging and wise guidance is inspiring more and more of us to follow along on this journey. We recongnise that our daily habits and decisions are as much expression of our love for God, the Creator, as our worship within a church building.

Please browse below for resources and inspiration
… from the Church of England
… from the wider Church
… on creation & the church year


from the Church of England

Resources & Links

General Synod: Net Zero carbon target

The Church of England’s General Synod in February 2020 set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.

Members voted for all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions, and called for urgent steps to examine requirements to reach the new target, and draw up an action plan.

Read more about it, and the full wording of the motion, here

Stories of environmental action

Tricia and Chris from St. Vincent’s Chaplaincy, Algarve


from the wider Church

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home

is the 2020 appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.
Download here in English or in German

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a collaboration between the Vatican, an international coalition of Catholic organizations, and “all men and women of good will.” with a truly ground-up approach,

The Laudato Si’ Movement – a global catholic climate movement

SARX – For All God’s Creatures

SARX – A charity for empowering Christians to champion the cause of animals and live peacefully with all God’s creatures


through the church year

Lent

Reduce Plastic Challenge
Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton, the Environment Officer for the church of England Diocese in Europe invites us to take part in this challenge to give up single-use plastics-to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation.
Download the action sheet here

40 Days with God’s Creatures
Available via a free and easy-to-use app, the 40 Days With God’s Creatures Lent guide offers you the chance to reflect theologically and creatively about animals and animal issues. This interactive, daily guide will take you on an explorative journey, including the use of biblical and theological readings, art, videos, music, photography and poetry.
Click here to find out more

Creationtide

The season of Creationtide, also known as the Season Of Creation, has its origins in the Eastern Orthodox Church which in 1989 declared September 1st as a day of prayer for creation. Over the following decades, as awareness of the present ecological challenges facing our world grew, this single day of prayer developed into a liturgical season running from September 1st to October 4th, the feast day of St Francis of Assisi.

This season of Creationtide has been embraced by the leaders of the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox churches, as well as by several major ecumenical groups including the World Council of Churches. During Creationtide Christians around the world are encouraged to pray for, and care for, God’s good creation.

Here at the ACF we celebrate creationtide with themed services and more. See the news section of the website for details.

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