The Revd Paul Smith gives four talks exploring the theme “The Lamb of God.”
A weekend of Bible exposition, encouraging worship and prayer, great fellowship and wonderful hospitality. Come for the weekend or for a day.
Climate change and the Church... Does the Creator care about what is happening to the Creation?
How might the churches ‘do their bit’ to make a difference in the light of climate change?
Where do we start?
Eco-congregation is a project designed to help churches get to grips with some of the pressing issues of our times concerning the environment.
It is designed to fit in with church life, and to help point the church outwards, involving the local community in caring for creation.
There are 3 steps:
Develop an action plan, based on the outcome of the church check-up. Make sure you address these three main areas of church life
What could your church do?
Selly Oak Methodist Church…
Why should we look after the planet?
Ideas to get you thinking…
We worship the Creator, who has given us the Creation. To abuse the Creation through our lifestyle has been described by some as blasphemy: Colossians 1 v16 “For in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible......... all things have been created through him and for him”. If all things were made FOR him, then, as Bishop James Jones points out, to assume that creation exists for us and so to put our own desires and lifestyle demands foremost is to blaspheme, to deny that Christ is, in fact, at the centre of creation.
We pray in the Lord’s Prayer for God’s will to be done on earth…. If God as Creator made a place bursting with biodiversity, with enough resources for everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed, then to live in a way which reduces biodiversity, which destroys habitats and where poor people suffer disproportionately from environmental crises, then we are not living out the answer to our own prayer.
Limits to lifestyle were built into the framework for living that God set out for the people of God (see Leviticus). The land, and people and animals were not to be exploited limitlessly, but there was to be a voluntary choice to limit the demands made upon the creation. They called it the Sabbath, and the Jubilee. There were limits to consumption even in the Garden of Eden!
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Contact the project co-ordinator for further details, or download the churches’ environmental check up (module 1) or the other resources (under Free Resources from the eco-congregations website: www.ecocongregation.org) and get going!
The Arthur Rank Centre
Warwickshire CV8 2LZ
Tel: 024 7669 2491
eco-congregation is a project of A Rocha UK