Churches join the Great Big Green Week
The Great Big Green Week is the UK’s biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature. As well as a great big green quiz for everyone to enjoy, here are three of our churches getting involved - in a big way!
At St Mary’s Ticehurst: 24th September – 2nd October
For the second year running, St Mary’s Ticehurst, this Diocese’s first Gold Eco Church Award winner, is putting on a green festival called the Great Big Green Week.This is a Climate Coalition initiative which aims to help communities across the UK to celebrate and highlight what they’re doing for nature and climate.St Mary’s have organised a series of events across the week relating to wildlife, health, politics, spirituality, creativity and health.You would be most welcome!The full programme of events can be accessed on their website here
At St Augustine’s in Scaynes Hill 22nd September – 3rd October
The church community at Scaynes Hill is putting on the greatest, biggest, greenest festival week ever seen locally which includes scarecrows, apple pressing and a recycled pop up clothes shop.
The church is working in partnership with local food and drink producers, with tasters, samples and information. You can find out about the creative and traditional businesses working locally; take along your spare eating apples from the garden for the apple pressing; browse a while in the pop-up charity shop in conjunction with St Peter and St James Hospice, and take a break with a lunch or coffee and cake.
Throughout the week there will be Eco themed speakers committed to share their knowledge. 7:30pm on Monday 26th September, Colin McFarlin on “Recycling in West Sussex”; 7:30pm on Wednesday 28th September “Everything you never knew about chocolate” with Vanessa Bird.
The full programme of events can be accessed on their website here
Conference - St Mark’s Church Holbrook 1st October
As part of Great Big Green Week, the Silver Eco Church award winning St Mark’s Church Holbrook invite you to start or continue your Creation Care or Eco Church journey at their conference on 1st October. The theme is to treasure, safeguard and care for creation.
There is a packed programme with time to rest and appreciate the beauty of creation. Explore St. Mark’s Psalm 23 Nature Trail and the adjacent Horsham Riverside Walk at lunchtime, before or after the conference. To find the full programme and to book click here
To find what other churches are doing check out A church near you: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/
Try the Quiz!
What better way to test your knowledge of all God’s creatures, great and small, than by trying out our new Green Quiz! Bring your church or community together, learn more about creation and, hopefully, have some fun - all while helping to raise funds to equip Christians and churches in the UK to enjoy, nurture and protect nature as part of loving and serving our Creator God. Head over to our website to download the quiz pack.
A Rocha UK works to protect and restore the natural world by equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment as a normal part of their individual life and church mission. We run Eco Church and other schemes for Christian churches of all denominations.