Here is a collection of photos and comments from churches that held a Green Communion on 5th February 2017.
Holy Trinity, WestcottMarch 17, 2017
We launched Eco Church at the Church in Westcott on 29th January 2017 – with talks in our 2 morning services, then at our ‘Celebrate’ all-age service in the afternoon, during which the children put together all the components for a bug hotel, made signs for the church buildings encouraging us all to turn off lights and taps, and created a Tree of Thanks (what we’re thankful for in creation) and a Tree of Promises (personal pledges to help care for the world God made). And on Sunday 5th February we joined with the wider Eco Church community in.
St Edwards Church, Eggbuckland, PlymouthMarch 6, 2017
We held a green communion service to celebrate the launch of St. Edwards as an Eco-church. We had guest speaker, Dr. Hilary Marlow, who spoke about our responsibility as Christians to be good stewards of the Earth. We used A Rocha prayers and liturgy which made the service very moving and powerful.
High Street Baptist Church, TringFebruary 20, 2017
We celebrated with a ‘Green Communion’ on Sunday 12 February as the second of two ‘Global Mission’ Sundays. We were delighted to welcome Simon and Elaine Brown to our service and Simon gave a wonderful children’s talk and was interviewed, chat-show style by our minister Revd Andrew Cowley, as part of our morning worship service. We had a display area with information about Eco Church and our local Transition group and in the afternoon we screened the Leonardo DiCaprio film, ‘Before The Flood’.
Holy Trinity Church NorthwoodFebruary 20, 2017
(not a Communion Service) Eco Church Service and monthly Family Service: worship songs; reading from Genesis Chapter 1; prayers from Eco Church website. In the middle of the service making activities for all ages: bird feeders; bird boxes; hedgehog homes; bug hotels. We also celebrated reaching our Eco Church Bronze Award and made plans for our community garden. We all had a wonderful time. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
St John’s Rownhams, HampshireFebruary 20, 2017
St Paul Old FordFebruary 20, 2017
St Paul Old Ford in Bow, east London, registered with Eco Church last September and held their first-ever Environment Sunday on 5 February, which included celebrating Green Communion. Songs and prayers had been carefully chosen to tie in with the theme, and the congregation all joined in an act of eco commitment. It’s early days on the church’s eco journey but they were excited and encouraged to discover after the service that they’re eligible for a Bronze award already! The photo shows St Paul’s ‘eco champion’, Maxine Morgan (left), with vicar Revd James Hughesdon and the speaker at the.
Trinity Lewes, 10.00 a.m. Southover, CongregationFebruary 20, 2017
Trinity Southover used the Green Communion service as an opportunity to formally present one of 3 bronze awards* to the Rector Steve Daughtery. Presenting the award is Martin Pett the Trinity Eco-church coordinator then from the left is also Shirley Darlington, David Melville, Karin Pett and Mary Boyum. *The other two churches in Trinity being Trinity St Johns and Trinity South Malling.
Nailsea Methodist ChurchFebruary 6, 2017
We celebrated the first anniversary of Eco Church launch with the suggested green communion on the theme of the earth is the Lord’s. First creating a tableau in the order of creation with people carrying the different features to the table during the singing the Francis of Assisi hymn, All creatures of our God and King. The sermon was how to live out of gratitude and with generosity to others (2Cor 9:11).
St Johns SouthallFebruary 6, 2017
St John's Southall celebrated Eco Church's 1st Birthday on Sunday 5th February with a service, Green Communion and the presentation of our Bronze Eco Church Award. Our songs, crafts, liturgy, prayers and sermon all focused on God's beautiful world and our need to love it, care for it and see that as part of our discipleship and community life in action.
St Mary’s Long DittonFebruary 6, 2017
This was the first time we had a Green Communion and the liturgy was very powerful. You will need to look very carefully (or magnify in) to see the glow lights on the altar that the children are placing. Note the glow necklace and glow lights on the Rector’s fingers!
Romsey Methodist ChurchFebruary 6, 2017
Green Communion service led by Rev. Gareth Hill. Photos taken by John Evans and Meghan Elkin – when she was not leading the singing!
All Saints SandersteadFebruary 6, 2017
Everyone was asked to wear something green for our Green Communion service on 5th February. Our preacher was Bishop David Atkinson who spoke about God’s care for the planet. The Green Team at church prepared a display board with information about how we can improve our care for the planet.
Elstone Parish ChurchFebruary 6, 2017
EcoChurch first anniversary on 5th February 2017 at 11.00am in Elkstone Parish Church (Gloucester Diocese) with 16 people in the congregation (picture was taken by Mrs Chloe Darling). We used the A Rocha liturgy for Morning Prayer. During the Q&A session, someone commented: “We can’t fight natural cycles like ice ages which destroy civilisations” and the Revd Champion responded: “we still have a duty to be good stewards of creation”
St John’s Hartley WintneyFebruary 6, 2017
Last Sunday, 5th February, St John’s, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, launched its participation in Eco Church. Both services that day celebrated the beauty of the world and committed the church to care for the earth using the Eco Church scheme. The 5th February was also the date the environmental charity, A Rocha UK’s hugely popular Eco Church award scheme celebrated its first birthday. St John’s was one of many churches across England and Wales holding a ‘Green Communion’ as part of their worship services on that day, using a green cloth over the altar, and a specially commissioned order of.