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

Liturgical Resources

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.

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.

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Season of Creation is a season in the year when we focus on God the Creator and what we learn from the Bible about God’s call to care for Creation.  The Anglican Church of Southern Africa adopted the Season of Creation in 2012 and we produce yearly materials. SOC 1- 6 are thematic (themes such as water, climate change, land etc) and we are now producing A, B, and C to tie in the with the lectionary readings.

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Season of Creation Year A

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Season of Creation Season 1

Season of Creation 1

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Season of Creation Season 2

Season of Creation 2

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Season of Creation Season 3

Season of Creation 3

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Season of Creation Season 4

Season of Creation 4

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Season of Creation Season 5

Season of Creation 5

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Season of Creation Season 6

Season of Creation 6

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Season of Creation Season 7

Season of Creation 7

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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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Youth & Children

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On the 22 March we celebrate World Water Day. Water is a precious resource that is sacred to our faith and essential to our wellbeing. Access to water is the right of everyone and so we need to care for it on behalf of all people. Click the links below to download the PDF’s for the programme:
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Care for Creation is a manual for youth leaders with interactive sessions looking at the theology and practical responses to caring for Creation.

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Ryan 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.

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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.

WHAT IS THE “My Little Bit of Good” FAST?

Stemming from a quote from the late Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, “Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” We recognize that this lent we are all on our individual journeys, but as we perform our “little” actions where we are, when added together makes a significant impact. For this lenten journey we at small actions that we can perform in our everyday lives.

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WHAT IS A CARBON 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, 14 February, to 24th of March is a time of repentance, reflection and action. Each week has a theme with a prayer and actions for each day.

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Read articles related to the carbon fast here: 2015, 2016, 2017

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WHAT IS A PLASTIC FAST?

A fast that focuses on creating awareness around plastic and how it affects our environment and some practical ways in how we can change our reliance on plastic and so reduce plastic waste

Please find the 40 days of actions for Lent: