Churches across the diocese are being urged to get involved in a climate action day on 20 September. This page is regularly updated as more resources and information become available.
Parliament has declared a climate change emergency and a series of climate strikes have taken place across the UK and elsewhere, led by young people. From 20-27 September there will be a global week of action to coincide with the UN Climate Summit on 23 September.
The diocese is committed to taking climate change seriously through a new Diocesan Environmental Policy and Action Plan. Parishes across the diocese are registering for Eco Church – a national award that recognises and supports churches who are working to become more environmentally friendly.
Our four bishops are encouraging churches, clergy and diocesan staff to show solidarity with young people to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and climate justice for everyone.
- Lichfield Cathedral will host a special event to mark Climate Action Day at 1.45pm on 20 September featuring local schoolchildren. All are welcome.
- The Chaplaincy Department at the University of Wolverhampton is hosting a Pay As You Feel Pop Up Homeware shop with the Students' Union on 21 September to help new and returning students cut their carbon footprint and save money. Proceeds will go to Toilet Twinning and the SU Foodbank. Find out more here or email the Revd Preb Sarah Schofield if you can help.
- A Big Community Clothes Swap at Holy Trinity Wrockwardine Wood in Telford on 20 Sept, 3-6pm, and 21 Sept, 12-2pm.
- Churches in Cannock will have a prayer walk from St Luke's Church at 7.30pm on 20 September and a protest in Cannock town centre that morning at 11.
- St Peter's Wolverhampton is open from 10am-4pm on 20 September for a clothes and book swap (please bring on the day), opportunities to make planet pledges and children's activities. The city's Mayor will visit at 2pm followed by prayers and a vigil.
- Faith Climate Action are also planning 'pop up' actions between 8am-4pm on 20 September in Wolverhampton. Email email@example.com to find out more.
- St Andrew's Church Shifnal is inviting people of all ages to make banners at 3.30pm on 20 September for a 4.15pm gathering. it holds a Caring For Creation Service at 10.30am on Sunday 22 September and prayer and action stations in the church on 23 September from 9am-5pm.
- The Border Parishes in Shropshire are inviting people to make a Planet Promise in each of their churches between 14-22 September.
- St Matthew's Donnington Wood, Telford, hold a Climate Action Week from 14-21 September including a forest of 'gratitude trees' from 10am-4pm on 21 September.
- St John's Heath Hayes has a Climate Action Day Prayer Point from 11am-4pm on 20 September including a petition to sign and a message book.
- The Collegiate Church of St Mary's in Stafford holds Celtic Evening Worship: Praying For Our Planet at 6.30pm on Sunday 29 September.
- An all-age climate event at St Lawrence's Church hall in Biddulph from 3-6pm on 20 September including painting banners and swapping toys, drinks and snacks. Drop in at any point!
- Bells will ring for climate action at Lichfield Cathedral and churches including St Augustine's Rugeley, St Michael's Lilleshall, St Michael's Penkridge, All Saints Alrewas, St Peter's Ellastone, St James Barton-under-Needwood, St Peter's Little Aston , All Saints Madeley and St Mary's Stafford 20 September; St Peter's Caverswall on 15 September; All Saints Dilhorne on 19 September and St Mary and St Chad Brewood on 22 September.
- St Augustine's Rugeley also hold a Prayer Vigil For Climate Change on 1 October from 7-9pm.
- St Luke's Church in Tittensor are helping promote a Climate Change event with speakers from the Green Party and Friends of the Earth at Tittensor Village Hall on 24 September, 7.30pm. Admission free.
- Churches in the Kinnerley benefice, Oswestry, will host climate change prayer stations. St Mary's Kinnerley will be working with other churches and local schoolchildren to make a climate pledge. There will also be a Climate Change service at St Peter's Melverley at 10.30am on 22 September.
- St Mary Magdalene Church Albrighton will host prayer and action stations on the theme of Caring For Creation from 10am-4pm on 20 September, finishing with a prayer vigil.
- The monthly Messy Church in St Stephen's Church Fradley between 3.30-5.30pm on 20 September will be devoted to climate action and Harvest.
- Trinity Churches in Shrewsbury are supporting the Earth Strike event in the town from 11am on 20 September.
- All Saints' Bloxwich are offering free home-made vegetarian food samples in the town market and holding an open day with the opportunity to pray.
- St Andrew's Church Aston hosts a Passion For The Planet bible study on 22 September from 5.30-7pm.
- St Mary's Wheaton Aston are holding a Climate Action event from 12-5pm on 20 September featuring prayer, local schoolchildren, an eco trail and banner making.
Schools are also playing their part:
- Churchfield CE Primary Academy in Rugeley are collecting plastic lids to make art and craft projects which will then be reformed into items including playground equipment for refugee camps in Calais, along with other awareness-raising activities on 20 September.
- A dedicated Climate Action awareness-raising worship service will be held at All Saints CE Primary School in Alrewas and at St Stephen's Primary School in Fradley.
Bishop Clive, diocesan lead on the Environment, said: “Our diocesan vision includes a prayer that we become a church ‘that partners with others in seeking the common good, working for justice as people of hope.’ As we grow deeper in our love for Jesus, we learn to love our neighbour, which applies to the whole of creation as much as our human neighbour. So often the care of creation has been seen as a marginal preoccupation within the life of the Church. But by making small changes to our own lifestyles and campaigning for the government to make big changes we can be part of halting the progress of climate change."
Churches are encouraged to share their efforts on social media with the hashtags #climatechange and #chadclimateaction
A range of special resources from Lichfield Diocese and beyond are available:
- Click here for the latest resources for individuals and churches collated by our Diocesan Environmental Officer Richard Clarkson.
- Special resources are now available for schools - including ideas for collective worship and reflection; RE, Science and Art lessons and community engagement - from our Board of Education Team here.
- The action day takes place during the church season of Creationtide (1 Sept - 4 Oct). A list of Creationtide resources is available here.
- There is also information and resources on 20 September from Christian Aid here.
Streetly Methodist Church is also invited people to join in its Eco Festival: Birds, Bees and Cooking on Saturday 21 September.
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