There are a range of events each year around London about the environment and climate change, which church members can take part in.
The Church’s year
The canonical Anglican calendar does not include a celebration of creation as such. It is supplemented by a range of events running in parallel.
Climate Sunday 2020/’21
Climate Sunday has been organised by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland with support from charities including CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, A Rocha UK, and Operation Noah.
The aim is ‘giving a voice to local churches’, who are encouraged to hold a local Climate Sunday any time during a one-year period starting on 6th September 2020 (the first Sunday in the annual season of Creationtide – see below).
During their local Climate Sunday, every church is invited to do one or more of three things:
Climate service: Hold a climate-focused service, to explore the theological and scientific basis of creation care and action on climate, to pray, and to commit to action;
Commit: Make a commitment as a local church community to taking long term action to reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions;
Call: Join with other churches and wider society by adding its name to a common call for the UK government to take much bolder action on climate change in this country.
The culmination of the campaign will be a national Climate Sunday event on Sunday 5 September 2021, to share church commitments and pray for bold action and courageous leadership ahead of the UN’s COP26 Climate Conference, to be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021.
Each year, Creationtide (or Creation Time, or the Season of Creation) is celebrated from 1 September to 4 October (St Francis Day), with prayers for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
Several Christian denominations in the UK and Ireland and around the world share in this annual event, established in 2007 by the European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania.
Many churches pick one Sunday during the season of Creationtide to focus especially on environmental themes.
Creationtide is now supported by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI).
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