Love Creation is the Two Saint James’ response to the biblical mandate that we are to care for God’s world (Genesis 2:15).
Our mission is to inspire and equip the Two Saint James, both as a church and as individuals, to work out what it means to care for God’s creation in our own lives. Love Creation calls on each and every member of theTwo Saint James to be involved with this.
One of our core missions at the Two Saint James is the Christian conservation charity, A Rocha, and we have gained their prestigious Eco-Congregation Award. Eco-Congregation (now Eco Church) is an award scheme set up by A Rocha to recognise churches who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. Work by the Two Saint James that makes us an Eco-Congregation runs from conducting an energy audit of our church buildings, to issuing ideas and tips for people to reduce their personal impact on the environment; from advising on how to make some of our events more environmentally friendly, to running Fairtrade stalls; from helping the children of Promiseland to create a Christmas tree from recycled materials, to conducting a survey of birds and butterflies in our church grounds – and lots in-between!
To be an Eco Church we must continue to weave creation care into all aspects of church life: into our worship and teaching, into how we look after our buildings and land, into how we engage with our local community and in global campaigns, and into the personal lifestyles of our congregation.
What can I do?
Reducing the amount of plastics we use is a way we can care for our world.
Click here to check out A-Rocha, and the new MicroPplastics Toolbox
What are some of the most important changes you can make at home that will reduce your plastic use? Click here for some ideas
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A message to St James from ARocha
Many farmers are trapped in a system that is unfair. They work hard to provide things we take for granted like coffee, tea and sugar, but they aren’t paid a fair wage. If we buy these products, we become part of the problem, but we can change this by choosing Fairtrade. Buying Fairtrade goods helps some of the poorest people on the planet, their communities, and the environment.
Love Creation is running a stall selling Fairtrade groceries and hand made cards (ideal for Mother’s Day and any occasion) after services at Gerrards Cross on 26th February and after the 11.15 service in Fulmer on 12th March.
If you would like to support this please bring cash or cheques as we can not take credit cards.
Autumn 2016 is the Season of Creation! The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined the Orthodox Patriarch and Pope Francis in asking Christians to use the time from 1st September to 4th October to focus attention on our call to care for creation. Around the globe, Christians will be praying and acting. In this season of beauty and abundance it is easy to appreciate the world around us but there is more to his request than thanksgiving. If you can, please find a minute (actually one minute and three seconds!) to watch the Archbishop’s message here:
To respond in practical ways, take a look at the article that Stephanie Summerell of the Love Creation team has written called ‘How to Live Sustainably’. It’s in the latest St James Magazine on pages 14-15. We’d like to hear what you think of it, and also collect any of your own tips that we can share with others. We now have an e-mail address so you can contact us with your thoughts and ideas: [email protected]
We’d love to have conversations about Loving God’s Creation and living in a way that supports this, so please let us know any ideas you might have on how we can achieve this. Better still join us – we’re a small team with lots of ideas and could do with some more pairs of hands!