Creation Care

Over recent decades, people have become increasingly aware that our world is in trouble environmentally.  For years, humankind has thoughtlessly just taken from the earth's resources, not caring about whether or not this was sustainable, nor overly concerned about its affect on tomorrow.

Slowly at first, the Christian church has become aware that it too has a part to play in addressing the threat - indeed, that it has a responsibility placed upon it by God to take care of His creation.

In many churches, the torch has been borne for several years by individuals who have 'ploughed a lonely furrow' - convinced that creation care was indeed God's plan.  These individuals had to find their support and encouragement from non-church (Greenpaece, Recycle Now, etc) or from para-church organisations (A Rocha, Noah's Ark, John Ray Initiative, et al).

In the last decade many churches have become aware of the pioneering work of A Rocha UK, through its ambassadors Rev Dave Bookless and Ruth Valerio, and its EcoChurch initiative.  Indeed it was this initiative that brought the subject of creation care to the attention of Christchurch Baptist Church's leadership, as they considered future emphases and as they sought to teach the 'whole counsel of God' in the church's teaching programme.

So in late 2016 they sought out those individuals in the fellowship who had creation care particularly on their hearts and these individuals have met together since to consider possible ways forward.

We recognised quickly that creation care hardly featured in the church's teaching and practice.  This was confirmed by reviewing where we were against the EcoChurch survey.  Indeed it became obvious that, even for significant decisions in the the life of the church, financial considerations often had much higher priorities than those decisions' impact on environmental or justice matters.

Whilst recognising that it will be some time before we can reach even the lowest (bronze) level of EcoChurch award, their survey represents a useful checklist of what we could be doing.

So, where have we got to?

The Creation Care Group is continuing to meet and several things have been put into action:

  • A brief whole-congregation questionnaire has been drafted to enable the church leadership to understand where people stand on matters like recycling, green energy, global warming, and the biblical position of creation care.
  • Through local authorities, most people now do significant recycling at home, so we're looking at ways to help them do this too when on the church's premises.
  • A dedicated CBC Creation Care Facebook page has been set up with frequent posts to stimulate interest.  The level of 'likes' to date has been encouraging.  You can like the page by clicking here.
  • Given the plans of the leadership for an Autumn 2017 teaching series on Creation Care and its ramifications, contacts have been established with a speaker from A Rocha UK.
  • As the church considers the possibility of a new building on its site, the need has been recognised for the environmental impact of such a development to be recognised from the start (with faith-based considerations as well as those already imposed by modern building legislation and practice).

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