We are working towards becoming an Eco Church. Our young Junior Worship children and their leaders have embarked on a programme of lessons each Sunday designed to teach them about caring for all of creation.
Please watch this page for further developments and progress.
8th June 2021
How Green was My Valley
Years ago, as a little girl, I remember watching this iconic film. Apart from the hardships experienced by people in that community, one of the things that struck me most was the scarring of the countryside and the disasters caused by mining. Over the past eighteen months or so, we have endured hardships of a different nature due to another assault on nature. With this in mind, we are looking, as a church to try to improve things for the future generations in whatever ways we can.
To give you an insight into what has already been going on, Junior Worship have focused their lessons this term on the theme of ‘God’s Wonderful World’. John’s Gospel gave us the starting point with the reading from chapter 3 verse 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves the world and everything in it and He has entrusted it to our care.
Learning so far this term has looked at environmental issues such as the Greenhouse Effect,
Littering, Composting and in connection with Christian Aid, Water and Sanitation. In the latter lesson, members of Junior Worship experienced a little of what it is like to have to carry water loads, just as Rose did in Christian Aid’s 2021 campaign. Their eyes were opened to the vast quantities of water we use in daily washing routines.
“I believe God gives me strength and helps me persevere. I pray that God will help people to help me.”
Rose Katanu Jonathan.
The young people have also been learning about Air Pollution and this was thought a fitting topic when learning about Pentecost. Wind is a common symbol for the Holy Spirit.
“They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. “(Acts 2, 3-4).
These topics are only the start, with many more environmental issues being tackled in the months/years to come, along with a number of projects with which Junior Worship would like to link up with the congregation, when it is possible. Each generation has to take responsibility for God’s wonderful world. Watch this space!