Creation Care at HTR
The call to care for God's creation is one of the first commands in the Bible. In the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, God creates human beings in the midst of a good natural world, "to work it and take care of it." Humanity is also given the command to 'rule over' the earth, a rule which is to be a direct reflection of God's rule, of love, care, mercy and grace.
The call to care for creation is even more important in today's world with the reality of climate change. The effect of the world's climate presents a very real danger to our world and the people who will face that danger first, and most painfully, will be the poorest among us. As Christians we are called to care for the poor, so we also care for the natural world around us.
I am delighted by the creation care group at HTR and excited to see what they have done and what they will come up with next to fulfil our calling as followers of Jesus.
Dan Wells, Vicar
The Creation Care group is exploring ways to help our church be greener and more sustainable. We are working towards gaining a bronze Eco Church award through the A Rocha Eco Church survey. This scheme provides a framework for us to consider what actions we can take in five areas:
1) worship and teaching
2) church buildings
3) church land
4) our community and global engagement and
Our plans would not be possible without the contributions of others in our church, including the youth team. Please contact Penny Cox if you have any suggestions or questions about this.
What have we done so far?
We have begun to transform the outside area near the Townshend Road entrance. The area is now tidier, we have installed bird feeders, a nesting box, and painted the gates. We have cleared space and added some new insect-friendly planting and we have built a bug hotel from upcycled materials. See pictures below.
We've had a guest speaker from A Rocha on one of our Youth Zoom meetings. Our Climate Sunday church service in June highlighted some ways to consider our lifestyle and the impact on the environment.
Our foxgloves have flowered and now provide nectar for the local bumble bees. The 5* bug hotel has been relocated to the Creation Care garden and a stag beetle that was found on the church grounds has been checked in as its first official guest!
Click here to read about what the Creation Care Group have been doing recently
A Rocha has produced a guide to 'living lightly'
There are nine suggestions for reducing your contribution to climate change, from Green Christian
The Diocese of Southwark have a number of resources about Eco Church, and links for promoting a greener lifestyle
Richmond Council recycling pages
South West London Environment Network