Caring for God’s Creation this Lent – course starting 4 March
#LiveLent: Care for God's Creation: this is the Church of England’s Lent Campaign for 2020. It comes with booklets for both adults and children, which we will be giving out on March 1st, the first Sunday in Lent. These include daily readings and reflections. There is also a free app for those who prefer a digital version.
The theme is to ‘Care for Creation’. It is commended by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York who invite us ‘to
rebuild our relationship with our planet, and with the God who is Lord of everything.’ During this time, we hope you
might spend time praying, learning more about the remarkable world we have been given and building habits that last beyond the season to protect and honour the earth.’
The booklets have been based on an excellent book entitled ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Tearfund Director Ruth Valerio, who was guest speaker at our last Supper Talk (reviewed here). Ruth takes the days of creation as described in Genesis Chapter 1 and she gives fascinating examples of the intricate beauty of creation as well as sobering stories about pollution and the effects of climate change. Each chapter ends with extremely helpful suggestions of how we might change habits and attitudes.
If you would like to explore this theme with others, we are offering a Lent Course on Wednesday mornings which will be based on these resources. Each session will be based on a chapter of the book, but you won’t need to read the book to participate. The course will be led by Caroline Halmshaw and Sarah Williams and will run for five sessions from March 4th to April 1st, 10.30am-12noon in the Mina Hogan Room, St Mary’s Parish Hall.
Please let us know whether you wish to participate by signing the sheet at the back of church or contacting the parish office.