Huddersfield church becomes the 4000th EcoChurch - find out more about this important milestone here.
A funding opportunity for rural churches to have feasibility studies for renewable energy projects. Adele Borrowman, Grants Fundraising Enabler presents what she has done in the Yorkshire North & East District. She has worked to learn lessons of previous applications and has developed a system for streamlining the application process. This short 12 minute video gives a good explanation of what she has done and tips on how to start the process:
Any queries about this scheme can be sent to the Property Team. Their contact details are here.
This year, the world’s biggest climate change summit is being held in Glasgow on 1-12 November. At the United Nations Climate Summit, COP26, world leaders will gather to set targets to tackle the climate crisis.
Churches across the UK have the chance to use this as an opportunity, to jump deeper into prayer and action for creation. We also have the chance to raise our voice, and call for ambitious action from our leaders to bring about climate justice. Watch our film:
And you can find a briefing here.
Scottish Methodists will be offering a warm welcome to visitors to COP26. Find out more about what they have planned here.
Read a blog from the Revd Sonia Hicks, President of the Methodist Conference on why and how you can take action on climate change here.
Fancy some craftivism? Make an origami boat to send to your MP asking them to use their power to make COP26 a success for climate justice. Find out how here.
Creationtide, Creation Time or the Season of Creation is the name given to the period from 1 September to 4 October each year. During this time, churches are encouraged to have a focus on creation, with all the joys and responsibilities that being part of God’s creation brings to us.
In a co-production between JPIT and Eco-Congregation Scotland, we have gathered together writers, theologians, ministers and worship leaders to prepare resources you can easily integrate into a Season of Creation in-person, online or hybrid meeting. They allow for worship and challenge, discussion and exploration, and meditation and action. Find the resources here.
If you're wanting to do more for the environment, Romsey Methodist Church have created a YouTube channel, Stewarding Precious Earth, to help inform and offer practical support for church communities tackling climate change. Take a look and subscribe here.
In case you missed it - watch this excellent series of talks hosted by Bramhall Methodist Church where seven eminent scientists from a range of disciplines discuss how their scientific knowledge informs how they pray for our planet. You may find this helpful as a resource for your church community to focus on in the run up to COP26.
Read the last blog in a series from the Revd Simon Topping on climate justice here.
Find out how the Northampton District is mobilizing churches to engage with climate and environmental issues here.
Read our latest blog from the Revd Simon Topping on climate justice here.
Has your church, circuit or district done something amazing to combat climate change or to protect nature? Find out how your good news stories could feature in video to be launched during the #COP26 in Glasgow in November: http://ow.ly/UxUL50F4B2h
Paul Heppleston from Wellspring Church in Wirksworth, Derbyshire shares his insights into church and community action on environmental issues. Be inspired by his church's story which you can read here.
A useful article in Christianity magazine about climate change.
Praying for Our Planet is a series of talks beginning next month featuring scientists whose work relates to the climate emergency. Join Dr Mike Morecroft, Principal Climate Scientist, Natural England on 12th May. Further details and how to register here.