The fifth Mark of Mission within the Anglican Communion is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth. We are all called to care for God’s creation.
We all have a part to play in responding to climate breakdown, both individually and together as churches and as a diocese. On this page we have gathered a range of resources to help with that response. We are encouraging all parish churches to sign up to Eco Church, we have a selection of resources for worship and study for both individuals and groups, and our diocesan environmental strategy provides a context for the support we offer. We hope you find what you need here, if you don't please feel free to get in touch. Information is still available from firstname.lastname@example.org
|Revd Richard Clarkson is our Diocesan Environmental Officer.
He is Rector of five rural parishes in North Shropshire. He has degrees in Physics and Theology and wrote his Master’s dissertation on Nature Contemplation in the writing of Maximus the Confessor. As well as being Diocesan Environmental Officer for Lichfield Diocese, on the Board of Directors for The John Ray Initiative, he is also dad to three boys!
Contact Richard by email or using the Lichfield Diocesan Environmental Champions Facebook page.
Diocesan Environmental Advisory Group (DEAG)
The Diocesan Environmental Advisory Group, is comprised of Richard along with David Primrose (Transforming Communities), Giles Standing (DAC), and Fiona North (Parish Projects and Grants).
What does DEAG do, how do people access...
Become an Eco Church
As part of our efforts to become an Eco Diocese, all parishes in our diocese are encouraged to register for Eco Church. Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth
Register with EcoChurch at www.lichfield.anglican.org/ecochurch
One of our most useful partnerships in becoming an Eco Church, as part of a pilot arrangement with our diocese, is that with Caring for God's Acre (CfGA), who are providing a range of services to churches with churchyards. Without additional cost, churches will be able to:
- attend a series of conferences around the Diocese covering practical and statutory aspects of churchyard management
- receive specific advice from CfGA about community engagement and volunteer groups
- get support and advice from CfGA with applications for external grant funding
- eight churches can receive 50% funding (£300) for the preparation of an individual churchyard management brief from CfGA specialists
For more information contact: Harriet Carty email@example.com
CfGA provide two regular resources for the diocese: a monthly article that can be used in parish magazines: editors who might like to include this should contact Simon Jones. An example of these is How Does Your Churchyard Grow?, available to read here
Parish Environmental Action Plans
There are many ways that parishes can improve their local environment - whether that's energy use, recycling, other resources used in parish activities or maintaining churchyards and buildings.
Here's a link to the wider diocesan Environmental Action Plan.
Churchyard Management Plans
Samples of Churchyard Management plans can be found by clicking on the links below:
Websites, Resources and further reading
Diocese of Leeds have compiled a list of Study Courses on Christian Care for Creation.
New resources for Creationtide - including daily reflections written by Richard Clarkson - 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.
There is further information, resources, publications and material available on our Environment Resources Page.