“God of creation, who loves all he has made and all that has evolved,
open the eyes of your people, that your love might be reflected in our care for the planet.
Through Jesus Christ, who walked this earth and calls us by name: Amen.”

Bishop Nick Baines, World Environment Day prayer

Worship Resources

Earth in human hands imageBelow are some song and prayer suggestions to incorporate into regular services:
Hymns & Songs on the theme of Care for Creation  
Prayer for Creation Care 
A wide range of other resources are available from:  
Eco-Congregation Scotland     
A Rocha   
Green Christian under Faith 


Creationtide: 1st Sept - 4th October

Creationtide’or the ‘Season of Creation’ is the period in the annual church calendar  dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. It is a time to celebrate the blessings given to us through God’s bountiful creation, to lament our damage to our common home and to pray an act for the renewal of all things in Christ Jesus There are a range of inspiring new liturgies for Creationtide, discussion materials and reflections for action on the Church of England website here.


Environment Sundays

Special services giving time to focus on worship with creation or care for God’s earth can help the whole congregation widen their experience of our faith. A Sunday near World Environment Day at the start of June, Creation Time in September, Harvest or Lent are all good times to focus on God's and our relationship with the earth.
Below are examples from local churches:

Parish Eucharist for CreationThe Church of the Epiphany, Gipton 
Eucharist for the Environment, St Michael & All Angels, Headingley
Our Hope for God's Creation, Ripon Cathedral
Sermon series focusing on Caring for Creation, St Mark's, Harrogate
Eucharist Service Powerpoint St John's, Farsley
Liturgy for use during the Season of Creationtide Guildford Diocese
Ideas for outside prayer spaces St Mark's, Harrogate
Creation Time St Mary's, Horbury Junction


Pray & Fast for the Climate

Pray & Fact for the Climate Logo

Pray & Fast for the Climate is a movement of Christians praying and fasting on the first day of each month for climate justice. Starting in the UK but now worldwide, it is supported by the Church of England and many other denominations and organisations, particularly those who see the effect of climate change on mission partners around the world.

Find local events and groups as well as resources at: Pray & Fast for the Climate.


Biblical Study

God’s relationship with creation runs through scripture. Below are some resources to explore:


Forest Church

Forest ChurchMany people can describe transcendent moments in nature where they feel deeply connected to something bigger than themselves and Forest Church is a way to explore that connection within community

Forest Church is a fresh expression of church drawing on much older traditions when sacred places and practices were outside – but it is also drawing on contemporary research that highlights the benefits of spending time with nature in wild places. Forest Church isn't just normal church happening outside; rather it attempts to participate with creation.

Find out more about Forest Church including local groups.
Forest Church Development in West Yorkshire & the Dales - a paper by Andy Ryland, Karin Shaw & Jemima Parker

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