Liturgy and Worship
- The Church of England Creationtide page
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland produce material each year; previous years' resources are here
- There are various links under 'Resources' on the Season of Creation site:
- John Ray Initiative for Christian theological and scientific resources
- There are sermon ideas from the US
- Our neighbours in Gloucester Diocese have collated some resources here
- For Churches wanting to do something more creative I thoroughly recommend 'Outdoor Worship' by Sam & Sara Hargreaves
- The Creationtide Daily Reflections by our own Richard Clarkson have recently been published by the John Ray Initiative.
- You can sign up to receive daily reflections (including some written by Rev Richard Clarkson) by email throughout Creationtide.
- New Environment Prayers written by Simon Foster.
- Baked Alaska – Seven Eco-drama Videos with Small Group Studies – produced by Riding Lights
Diocese of Leeds have compiled a list of Study Courses on Christian Care for Creation available here
New resources for Creationtide are now available on the Church of England website here. In addition to the existing materials there are now some new liturgies and a daily actions and reflections sheet thanks to the DEO Liturgy Group.
- Eco-church for church-orientated resources
- A Rocha for Christian conservation-orientated resources
- Green Christian (formerly Christian Ecology Link) a gospel for all creation
- Operation Noah an educational and campaigning tool
- Praise Bee
- Love Food Hate Waste
Energy and Transport
- Some dioceses have teamed up with Ecotricity to create a scheme through which both churches and individuals can sign up to switch to green energy.
- Other green suppliers include Good Energy
- and Green Energy.
- The national procurement service Parish Buying now has a renewable energy deal in addition to the general ‘energy basket’ making the best use of the combined buying power of the Church to provide competitive green energy rates for parishes. Parish Buying now has over 9000 users so it doesn’t yet have complete coverage but it is expanding rapidly. They also have discounts on office products, IT, telecoms and fire safety, amongst other areas and are working their way through to things like insurance, LED lamps and boilers.
- Marches Energy Agency is a local organisation offering good advice.
- Sustainability West Midlands also provide support for Low Carbon Energy Generation schemes.
- Another useful source is the Energy Saving Trust
- Some innovative local sourcing initiatives are also underway, such as Sharenergy
Many of the large energy companies now include greener tariffs in their portfolio. It is always worth reading the small print to assess what is actually renewable energy sourcing and how much is merely about 'offsetting' emissions.
Don't forget, once a church has moved across to green energy sources, the next step is to encourage PCC and congregation members (and the vicar!) to do the same with their home supplies, making faith action count seven days a week.