Lower down are the resources prepared in the UK for Creation Time 2017. This year it follows the theme “Journeying with God”, linking to the UN international year of sustainable tourism for development. It explores God’s invitation to join us in the journey of faith leading us into care for all creation.
Now is the time to plan for September! If you are planning an event do consider adding it to the Season of Creation Website. This has useful links too.
Creation Time or Creation-tide is a period of the year when churches pay special attention to care of our world. For some denominations 1 Sept is the beginning of the Church Year. Some churches have Harvest Festivals.
From Eco-Congregation Scotland Website:- In 1989 the Ecumenical Patriarch suggested that 1 September, the first day of the Orthodox Church’s year, should be observed as a day “of protection of the natural environment”. Ten years later the European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) widened this proposal, urging churches to adopt a Time for Creation stretching from 1 September to the feast of St Francis on 4 October and this was endorsed by the 3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007, which recommended that the period “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”.
Eco-Congregation Scotland write:-
Resources for Creation Time 2017 come from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, The Salvation Army and Scottish Episcopal Church. It follows the theme Journeying with God and links to the United Nations (UN) international year of sustainable tourism for development, exploring God’s invitation to join the journey of faith leading us into care for all creation.
Week 1 – Pilgrimage: God’s invitation to get moving (Matthew 16: 21-28)
Week 2 – Guide for the journey: God’s commandments (Matthew 18: 15-20)
Week 3 – God’s companionship on the journey (Matthew 18: 21-35)
Week 4 – Food for the journey: God’s provision (Matthew 20: 1-16)