It’s autumn, and although everything in the natural world is slowing down, the rest of life seems to speed up in September. Yes, we’re busy. Back to school, trying to find a new routine and a New Normal in 2020. I remember an inspiring woman I knew in Paris who reflected that September was for her, “the most creative of times”.
In this creative time, The Christian Church celebrates Creationtide, which runs through September and October. This season is dedicated to thinking about our world, and the created order. We recognise that God is the one who has designed our planet, who declared everything “good” that he had made in the book of Genesis. As his stewards, we now look after his world. Everything we have is a temporary gift to us, and it’s our job to make the most of it.
Our parish is doing its best to embrace the environmental concerns of the moment, not because it’s trendy, but because it’s what God wants. We all have a role to play in looking after our world, in thinking through how we respond to the current climate changes. Christians should be at the heart of these discussions, because they are God’s representatives on earth, and God cares deeply about these issues.
We are doing our best to implement change where we can. We’re looking at our energy suppliers, trying to reduce paper where we can, and we’re supporting local enterprises. We’re drawing local people together to think about these issues. We may not change the world, but we can all do our bit, and join in with the many people who feel the same way. Our worship in church and outside of church, reflects our desire to look after God’s world as best we can. Come and join us as we care for God’s world.