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Some resources to help educate your congregation and youth groups on environmental issues

Liturgical Resources

  • Season of Creation
  • Earth Day
  • World Water Day
  • World Environment Day
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Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Inspired by the first view of the ‘blue planet’ from space, it was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 193 countries


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World Water Day is an annual day always on 22 March that highlights the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was in 1993. Each year many countries celebrate World Water Day. As Christians we celebrate the sacredness of water (for we were baptised by water) and the call to water justice.

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5 June every year, and is a global day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues  such as  marine pollution, air pollution  and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. World Environment Day has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually.

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Youth & Children

  • Ryan the Rhino
  • Care for Creation
  • Story of Stuff
  • World Environment Day

Ryan the Rhino ManualRyan the Rhino is a manual for Sunday School teachers looking at the story of Creation and how we can practically make a difference in caring for creation 

Care for Creation ManualCare for Creation is a manual for youth leaders with interactive sessions looking at the theology and practical responses to caring for Creation.

Story of stuff is a series of workshops on consumerism. Although it comes from a US setting, it can be adapted to your context

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World Environment Day material for youth. Some materials prepared for young people for World Environment Day services, with dramas and other activities.

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Lent Programmes

What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

 
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection. Courtesy of http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-lent-and-why-does-it-last-forty-days

We at Green Anglicans have put some devotions and reflections together in helping you to focus on specific topics that are affecting environment during the Lenten period.

  • Carbon Fast
  • Plastic Fast

What is a Carbon fast for Lent?

 

For Anglicans, Catholics and many others, Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. Many Anglicans take this opportunity to fast from coffee, alcohol or chocolates. But this year our challenge is deeper, to take a carbon fast – to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation. To reduce our use of petrol, electricity, plastic, paper, water and toxins. We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another. How do I take a carbon fast? From Ash Wednesday, 1 March, to Saturday 8th of April is a time of repentance, reflection and action. Each week has a theme with a prayer and actions for each day.

Here is the link to download the  40 actions for the month.

  • Find PDF version HERE  
  • USA/Canada  Letter format   HERE
  • USA/Canada  Tabloid format HERE 

THEMES for each of the five weeks:

WeekTheme
1-4 March Preparing 
5 – 11 March Food
12 – 18 March Energy
19- 25 MarchWater
26 March- 1 April Waste 
2- 8 April Plants

LESS PLASTIC FOR LENT

 

“We have traditionally regarded sin as being merely what people do to other people. Yet, for human beings to destroy the biological diversity in God’s creation; for human beings to degrade the integrity of the earth by contributing to climate change, by stripping the earth of its natural forests or destroying its wetlands; for human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, land and air – all of these are sins.” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

This Lent we are challenged to turn from the sin of damaging God’s planet and hurting our neighbours by our over use of single use (throwaway) plastic.

Here is the link to download the 40 actions for the month.

  • Find English PDF version HERE  
  • Find Portuguese PDF version HERE
  • Find Spanish PDF version HERE

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