Training Opportunities

We aim to provide a range of training through the year to help you and your church with creation care mission and ministry. You can find more information about courses, book on events and browse resources on the Diocesan Learning Platform

Environment Webinars

Eco Surgery Drop-ins

Welcome to a new season of drop in chats, webinars and discussion groups aimed at helping you and your church with your mission and ministry to care for God’s Creation. Come along to every online session or pick out the areas where you feel you need to upskill most.

Questions answered about worship with a creation care theme, energy efficiency and church buildings, churchyards, community engagement, funding, campaigning and much more! Simply join any of the drop in sessions below at your convenience. No need to register in advance.

Tuesday 15th September 2-3pm Coffee cup and mobile phone
Wednesday 7th October 5-6pm
Thursday 5th November 12-1pm
Tuesday 1st December 4-5pm

Click here for Zoom link information.


What on earth are we doing?

An exploration of God’s relationship with His creation. St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, invite you to a three session B.R.I.C.K course led by Jemima Parker, Environment Officer for the Diocese of Leeds. Mondays 7.30pm

Sept 21st: Created: What is the purpose of the natural world? (Watch video here)

Sept 28th: Covenanted: Are God’s covenants only with people?

Oct 5th: Commissioned: What is our role in creation?

The 3 sessions will be held on Zoom, with an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end. The talks will also be available to listen to on the church website later.

Register to receive the Zoom link and joining details.


Eco Church - Working Together to Net Zero

Saturday 10th October, 10am-4pm. 

An online conference hosted by the Diocese of St Albans for churches of all denominations to learn how Eco Church can help them cut their carbon and care for creation.

If you have not yet got started as with the Eco Church Award scheme this is your chance to find out how. There are excellent talks and “know how” sessions on a number of topics that can take you further on your Eco Church Journey, so you could attend the whole day or select a session of your choice.

Click here for more information and to buy your ticket (£6). 


The Bible and Ecology Course

Seven-session course facilitated by Rev Ruth Newton. How is Christianity responding to the challenge of the Climate Crisis? What are the connections between ecological concerns and faith? Does the Bible help or hinder us when thinking about creation-care? Is Salvation just for humans? 

Taking place on Zoom Tuesdays 7.30-9pm. Commencing Tuesday 3rd November and concluding 15th December. 

Click here for more information and how to register. 


Past Events

Environmental Mission Training Day 8th June 2019 - St Mark's, Harrogate

Bishop Paul Slater speaking to the audience

God’s creation is in trouble and consequently so are we. People are speaking up: students coming out on climate strikes; councils such as Leeds, Kirklees, Otley, Harrogate declaring climate emergencies; Extinction Rebellion protests; even David Attenborough has spoken up and called for action. But what would Jesus do? And what should my church do?

Read about the training day here.

Explore the links below to see the presentations and hear the talks from this training day:

What is the current environmental crisis? - Martin Bassant, Scientist with Social Responsibility. Listen here 

Jesus Lord of Creation: A theology for environmental mission - Jemima Parker, Diocesan Environment Officer. Listen here

How to change the parish and save the planet! - David Hughes, Climate Stewards Chair and Eco Church speaker. Listen here

Workshop All Creation Sings! - Christine Jack. Notes

Workshop Working in the community on climate action - Michelle Hayes and Jemima Parker

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