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Creationtide runs from September 1 to St Francis Day, October 4 and you can sign up to receive daily resource emails from EcoChurch South West.
This year the mailings from EcoChurch South West will focus on ideas for action to help local churches work through the Eco Church award scheme.
Something as simple as the installation of a bug hotel in a corner of the churchyard, or a switch to ecologically friendly cleaning products, could be enough to achieve an award in churches where prayer and teaching about creation and care for the environment are part of the annual cycle.
To sign up for these emails (25 in total; one on Saturday, September 1, then from Monday to Friday through to Thursday, October 4), visit the EcoChurch Southwest website
Those who have been on the list in previous years you will need to sign up again for the emails this year, as EcoChurch wants to be sure it is only sending out messages to those who want to receive them.
Some resources for Creationtide 2018 are available on the new website from the Church of England Environment Programme, www.creationtide.com. These include:
- Special Creationtide versions of Eucharist, Morning Prayer, and Service of the Word which could be used for Harvest services or other Sundays.
- Harvest services, agricultural year services.
- Liturgical resources from the National Environmental Group.
Creationtide, or the season of creation, is the period in the annual church calendar dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.
It is a time that encompasses many harvest festivals in our region and ends with the feast of St Francis of Assisi.
As Christians, we acknowledge that the environment is our common home, and we need to tread more gently on the earth and care for our shared planet. This is a special time for us to recall our relationship with the Earth and the Holy.