“Getting the Streets ready for the Messiah”
For many churches, the Palm Sunday procession is the only time the church goes out through the streets. The young people of St Mary’s Kutlwanong decided to make a difference and apply the Reuse, Reduce , Recycle method to improve the community .
On Saturday 26 February Bino Makhalanyane visited the young people from St Mary Kutlwanong Odendaalsrus in the Free State, South Africa to share with them what the Green Anglicans movement is all about and the importance of getting involved on issues of care for creation, as we only have one common home called planet earth.
During our time together we disused what environmental hazards are being faced by the community of Kutlwanong and how we could address them using the three R’s ( Reuse , Recycle and Reduce) which when applied could make our community a better and cleaner place to be in . During the discussion one of the young people shared with us that these things are taught at school level but lack of eco-clubs or practically implementing the methods within the curriculum makes it hard for them to get involved in taking care of God’s creation.
The day ended with each person learning how our to grow their own spekboom( Portulacaria Afra) which is known for its ability to remove carbon dioxide from the air, can be used for medicine , easy to grow , does not require too much water and can be used a good source of vitamin C amongst other things . Those who were in attendance will now be teaching their peers on how to grow a spekboom from cuttings.
The young people are planning a clean-up near the church for Palm Sunday under the theme: “ Getting the streets ready for the Messiah “
We are grateful for the support of the United Thank Offering for this programme
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