THE DIOCESE OF ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST COMMISSIONS ITS FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS!
On the 3rd February 2019, the parish of Letaba Tzaneen in Limpopo celebrated its first milestone towards environmental sustainability. Makwetša Ramusi as the diocesan environmental coordinator visited St. Peter’s Letaba Parish in Tzaneen to commission the Men’s fellowship to become environmental stewards. Ven. Gail Blunden led the service (extracted from Season of Creation) and Makwetša was the preacher. The theme for the service was “Environmental Stewardship’’. In Makwetša sermon from Matthew 21:33-45, he highlighted on the need of people (young and old) who can teach people on how to give back to the environment. He later mentioned what an environmental steward is expected to do, which is:
- Be a change maker: come up with programmes which congregants can be able to learn more about taking care of the environment.
- Being an example to the society and the communities we live in.
- Taking care of the environment just as God is taking good care of us.
- Advocating for environmental sustainability.
After the sermon, 7 men were commissioned, which includes 2 priests (Revd. Ron Reiners and Revd. Mike Blunden). As a sign of being commissioned, they were each given a Green Anglicans pin, which represents taking the responsibility of teaching about the love of the environment. The new stewards as a group, they were given a book titled “Environmental Changes in South Africa” in which they will get to learn more about planting. Also it will assist them in expanding and reviving their herb garden which is in the church yard. Some of the steward even took this as stepping stone to introduce “Farming in God’s way” workshops.
- Makwetša Ramusi