Creation Time 2010 will be between 1 September and 4 October, to inspire the protection of God’s creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles. The theme this year is Creation Flourishing – A time for Celebration and Care, linking into the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity.
CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Irland) are providing an excellent set of resources on their website: www.ctbi.org.uk/creationtime. Resources for Creation Time 2010 include suggestions to help churches, groups and individuals to focus on a creation theme at this time of the year, either on one occasion or over the 5 weeks, sermon notes based on the Lectionary readings for the 5 Sundays, prayers and resources for children’s groups and schools. The material is all available as free downloads.
Please help to advertise Creation Time 2010 by downloading the poster here (pdf, 584kb) and displaying it in your church.
Welcome to Holy Trinity Church Elgin, 253rd eco-congregation!
Cults Parish Church achieved their first Eco-Congregation Award!
Congratulations to Cults Parish Church!
The award assessors particularly commended the congregation for the following:
- The very active support shown for Fairtrade, including their own church stall, the Fair Trade Fashion show and especially the grant support they provide to other churches wishing to set up their own stalls.
- The wide variety of recycling initiatives in the church and the lobbying that they have carried out to try to get a food waste collection established in Cults.
- The superbly maintained grounds which provide so many wildlife habitats.
- The outreach work that is achieved through the work at “the Hub”.
We wish the church all the best for their future work!
Welcome to Mearns Coastal Parish Church, who registered as 250 eco-congregation!
Welcome to St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church Dumfries, who registered as 251 eco-congregation!
Welcome to Glenrothes St Ninian’s Church, who registered as 252 eco-congregation!
After the initial Fife network meeting in May, the subgroup who volunteered to look at putting together an event to promote Eco-Congregation in the area have agreed to hold an “Eco Fair” on Saturday 18th September 2010 in the Old Parish Centre, Cupar.
The Eco Fair will feature stalls relevant to the theme (some still tbc!) including:
- Eco-Congregation Scotland – how to get involved and active!
- Changeworks – find out how to save your 5% (CO2) at church and at home plus information from local, community based carbon saving projects
- Eco Schools – the children will show us the way!
- Fair Trade – products to view and buy and advice about setting up your own FT stall. We also hope to have FT teas and coffees available throughout the morning. *Please let us know if you might be available to help out with this*
- Fife Council Environmental Services – reduce reuse recycle, what goes in which bin and where does it all go?
- Cupar In Bloom – gardening for wildlife
- A Rocha Scotland – an international Christian environmental organisation with plenty of books and resources to help make the link between our Christian faith and environmental action.
The subgroup agreed to undertake a big publicity campaign – we would like to invite congregations from across Fife to come and join us and find out more about caring for God’s creation! The event is open to all from church and community and we will be promoting it through the Eco-congregation Scotland database, denominational circulation and articles in the local press. I will be producing a suggested magazine article for September publications or for inclusion with intimations / church notices etc., which will be sent to you all by the beginning of August.
In the meantime, PLEASE put the date in your diary and help us publicise the event by inviting as many people as you can!