Care for Creation Youth Training – Diocese of Free State

Care for Creation Youth Training

On Saturday 20 August 2022 the Anglican Diocese of Free State hosted its Care for Creation Youth Manual training day at Holy Cross church in Phahameng Bloemfontein. Even though it was a cold day  a  good number of both old and young people from the Greater Bloemfontein Anglican Youth Ministries structures, Church council members, local Clergy , Diocesan Education officer  and Diocesan Mosamaria Ministry staff were  in attendance. We were  was also blessed with a delegation from the Anglican Diocese of Lesotho and  the Diocese of Kimberly & Kuruman.

During our time together we took time to apply the  five(5) T’s( Tune-in, Touch, Talk, Think and Take-action) methodology used when conducting sessions from the  Care for Creation manual.

A Biblical reflection on  Genesis 3 8-20 helped us to  look at what has been broken. This  led to a community mapping exercise looking at the environmental challenges in our communities.  Lastly we planned an awareness campaign  which will run in each Parish during Season of Creation.

The team from Eco-Culture Lesotho led a session on the impacts of climate chance and a call for action from all.

One of the attendees Ms Nomazizi said she was pleased with the training and that she’s been to many workshops before but it was her first time coming across the problem tree methodology which is very helpful tool to use. Rather than just looking at the problem, you identify the roots (causes) of it as well.

 The day was closed with a vote of thanks from the Diocesan Green Anglicans Coordinator Mr Molisapoli who will be doing follow ups on the implementation of the action plans.

By : Bino Makhalanyane

Photo credit : Boitumelo Manale & Matshego Seroto

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