Environment Week 2013

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undefinedJune 2 is Environment Sunday. Church communities around the diocese will be holding special services and telling of their efforts at conservation and raising awareness of environmental concerns. It is Cherishing Churchyards Week (June 8 to 16), which will showcase how parish communities are using churchyards to enhance biodiversity.

In our diocese there are plenty of projects being pursued to protect the environment. For instance …

St Bartholomew’s, Great Barrow held a series of environmental bible studies during Lent which prompted people to make areas of the churchyard more beneficial for insects and other wildlife. It also created a butterfly and bee haven (pictured) – giving pollinating insects a pesticide free environment as well as providing an area of beauty for the community.

St Bridget’s, West Kirby was the first church in our diocese to achieve an EcoCongregation award. The parish produces a monthly environmental article for their magazine.

St Mary’s, Eastham  installed energy saving light bulbs and renewed some old light fittings and reduced their electricity consumption by 80%.

St Thomas, Mellor keeps its churchyard as a haven for wildlife by planting of insect- friendly wild flowers in a carefully planned and monitored project..

Our diocese has adopted the following environment policy: “We believe that we have a Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation.  Therefore we believe that this ought to influence all our thinking, our actions and how we exercise our faithfulness in every function and activity, by every person; 24/7 – all day, every day.”

Our understanding of nature touches on our understanding of God, our sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ, our work for justice, our church life and daily discipleship. By giving the natural world a regular place in our calendar we have a chance to make all these links.

During June local congregations are encouraged to make time to celebrate God's beautiful creation: to explore the issues which confront us, and respond in action as churches and individuals. 

More information and resources can be found by visiting http://www.chester.anglican.org/page_csr.asp?Page=96