We aim to embed care for creation into all aspects of our mission. We work with partners from both inside and outside of the Diocese of Sheffield. We work with many partners in the Diocese, the wider Church and Community.
As a part of the Diocesan Lights for Christ initiative, the Environmental Working Group has produced an introductory leaflet to help us to think about our personal responses and possible actions that we can take to help care for God’s creation.
The leaflet can be viewed and downloaded.
Provides the Eco Church programme that a growing number of our Churches are joining. Our Eco Church page link has more information.
Responding to the climate crisis is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation.
We are promoting a scheme to encourage churches to switch to renewable energy and improve their energy efficiency. Could your church start its Green Journey? How you could be saving money and cutting your carbon footprint.
Find out more at greenjourney.org
Nature Recovery Sheffield and Rotherham
We’re proud to be a founding partner of these Nature Recovery alliances alongside Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, Greenpeace, Sheffield Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Green Parents, Sheffield Climate Alliance, Kids Plant Trees and Owlthorpe Fields Action Group. The Diocese supported the call to declare nature emergencies in Sheffield and Rotherham and take action for nature’s recovery. As part of the Land section of the Eco Church survey, local Eco Churches are working together for Nature Recovery. Go to these links to declare a nature emergency as a church or individual, and find lots of resources and helpful information. Contact us if you want to link your church to the campaign!
Nature Heroes – Nature Recovery Sheffield
Nature Recovery Sheffield
Nature Recovery Rotherham
South Yorkshire Climate Alliance (SCA)
SCA is an alliance of local organisations and individuals who are pressing for fair and effective action to tackle the climate and nature emergencies. We are proud to be on the website as an ally and partner, and work together in events such as Great Big Green Week. Signing up for SCA mailings is a great way of keeping up to date with local events and information.
Find out more at southyorkshireclimatealliance.org.uk
Creationtide, or the Season of Creation is the period in the annual church calendar from 1st September to 4th October dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. Many churches hold special services and events at this time to give thanks for God’s gift of creation, to lament and repent of our actions that have damaged this gift, and to renew our commitment to caring for our one planet home.
There’s a lot of resources online, including ‘A Time for Creation’ which is recommended for liturgy and resources for worship. Holding a Climate Sunday service is really good way to start, and your church can declare a climate emergency with the Climate Emergency Toolkit.
Book – Time for Creation
Climate Sunday – Service Resources
Climate Emergency Toolkit
Other Recommended Resources
Church of England Resources
Guidance for Outdoor Worship
Doxecology – new songs of creation
Anglican Communion Environment Network