At St Mary's we are committed to improving the environmental credentials of our church. We have an active Creation Care group that is passionate in supporting the church in its work and sharing the wonder of God's Creation. As part of our commitment, we have registered with Eco Church, a project run by A Rocha UK, to improve our environmental credentials in five key areas of church life:
Worship and teaching
Community and global engagement
St Mary's Church Calls for Climate Justice
Faith Leaders joined together to demand climate action at COP26 in Glasgow last year. We have followed suit and are now advocating for climate justice for the benefit of ourselves, and future generations.
A declaration from representatives of religious communities across the United Kingdom calls for people to be "advocates for justice" against the backdrop of the Glasgow summit. At St Mary's, we are working out how we can best respond to this message and support the aims of the summit. In a joint statement in September 2021, Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin Welby urged everyone to play their part in safeguarding the future of the planet.
“We must decide what kind of world we want to leave to future generations. We must choose to live differently; we must choose life.”
Events and Activities
Sunday Traidcraft Stall
We are pleased to now offer a regular Traidcraft Stall offering fairly traded goods for sale. In the Church room after the Sunday 10.30am service, we are selling store cupboard essentials, sweet treats, and seasonal items. Payment can be made by cash or card.
Season of Creation
1st September - 4th October
Creationtide or the Season of Creation is the period in the church calendar, from 1st September to 4th October (St Francis Day), dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.
As we face the climate emergency, our themes for the four Sundays of Creationtide were wonder, abundance, desolation, and restoration in time for the harvest festival.
Creationtide offers an opportunity for churches to include specific themes, prayers for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.