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  God's Green Fingers

March  2020 - Issue 29
The coronavirus (Covid-19) is filling most of our news, thoughts, prayers and actions. A special magazine article in Magazine Magic below, explores how we can continue to worship when church services have been cancelled.

The rapid slowdown in our national and global economy will have a huge environmental impact, with a significant drop in carbon emissions, improved air quality and the potential for some wildlife recovery. This is a bitter blessing, however, associated as it is with loss of lives, fears and hardship for so many.

It comes hot on the heels of an extended period of extreme weather causing suffering from widespread flooding across the diocese, when the injustice of our changing climate will have been on many of our minds.

Speaking at the Church of England General Synod motion on climate change in February the youth representative Sophie Mitchel said "We know what we need to do: act big and act fast". Read below about the motion passed which commits the C of E to be carbon neutral by 2030.

An ambitious and prophetic commitment that we will all be part of living out in the next few years, in a changed post coronavirus society. Right now we, the church, can start to speak up and act out how our local communities could be better places for all of God's creation.

Jemima Parker,
Diocesan Environment Officer
Local News
Join the Online Lent Group

As Lent groups across the Diocese are no longer able to meet, the online forum is the perfect place to chat about this year's Lent book "Saying Yes to Life". Simply sign up to the Diocesan Learning Platform here, and register your interest for the group here

New Online Environmental Discussion Forum 

The Environment Community on the Diocesan Learning Platform is a new space for discussion and resource sharing. For many of us "talking" online is a new experience, but it offers the opportunity to learn from others and share our experiences.  Join in with topics such as how Covid-19 will effect your church's environmental impact or how to become an Eco Church.

Simply sign up to the Diocesan Learning Platform here, and then join the Environment Community here

Extreme Weather Hits Local Communities

Archdeacon Ann Dawtry has spoken out about the impacts of flooding in Calderdale during Storm Ciara and the heartbreaking reality for communities such as Hebden Bridge trying to rebuild so soon after the 2015 floods. More.

Unique Church Mapping Project Successfully Launched
A groundbreaking churchyard mapping project has been launched in our diocese. All Hallows, Kirkburton and Emmanuel, Shelley, two churches near Huddersfield, received a Sharing Heritage grant of £6,100 in March 2018 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the pilot project focused on their two churchyards. Read more

New Resources put Environment at Heart of Worship

Churches across the diocese are benefiting from the #LiveLent: Care for God's Creation resources and the Archbishops Lent Book Saying Yes to Life. Now there are accompanying worship resources developed by Christine Jack of the Diocesan Environment Worship Group. More

Lord's Prayer and Environment Meet in Lent Talks

Barnsley Deanery are exploring how to care for creation through the lens of the Lord's Prayer. The lent talks take place at St Mary's Church on Monday evenings. More

Let's Get Measuring Our Carbon Emissions

The Church of England will be asking all churches to dig out their energy bills to enter on a new feature on the annual Parish Returns, the Energy Footprinting Tool. The tool will calculate the carbon emissions from your church energy use. More

National News
Church of England Sets Ambitious 2030 Net Zero Target
Christians from across the national Church have agreed a bold new climate target last month, by committing to make the Church carbon "net zero" by 2030. At a meeting of General Synod, the Church's governing body, members voted in favour revising the date for this carbon target, encouraging all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp up efforts to reduce emissions. Read more

How to Count the Cost of Carb(on)s

The Church of England's new target for reducing emissions to net zero by 2030 will be a challenging task. Read five steps for every church to take to start on the zero carbon church journey here
Salisbury Cathedral to go Solar

Planning permission has been granted for 92 solar panels to be placed on the roof of the Cloisters at Salisbury Cathedral. The Bishop of Salisbury has the brief for environment in the House of Lords. Read more
Royal Bank of Scotland Preparing to Exit Fossil Fuels
Alison Rose, the bank's recently appointed CEO, announced to halve the climate impact of its financing activities by 2030. Disinvestment campaigners welcomed the move which if fully implemented, will see the bank move well ahead of its peers towards taking up its responsibility in tackling the climate crisis. More.

Training Opportunities
Parish Environment Officer Welcome Training - Coming later this year

Considering being the eco champion for your church or already been appointed? Come and get top tips and resources to help you take on the role. More.
Postponed to Spring 2021: Caring for God's Acre: Beautiful Burial Ground

How to make the most of your churchyard for wildlife and heritage. Day Conference, Thursday 26th March, Sheffield. Details
Magazine Magic
A ready to print magazine article for your Parish Magazine!

 Where to Worship? 

In this time with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic when church services have been put on hold, where should we go to worship? 

Jemima Parker explores how we can worship  God in nature.  Magazine Article here .
Eco Top Tips

Find a weekly top tip here for your Parish Newsletter:

Year 1
Resource Centre
Not just for Lent: Saying Yes to Life Resources The Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lent Book 

Worship resources, youth resources and videos to accompany Lent book. 

Join the online Lenten book group here. Register on the Diocesan Learning Platform  here first. 

Read news and information from across the Church of England in the Spring Bulletin here. Subscribe here
Coming Soon: Pawprint

A personal carbon footprint tracker
A Rocha UK's Wild Christian

Free monthly email of biblical reflection and ideas for action for nature-loving, climate-caring Christians to support and inspire each other to take effective action together. Details

written by The Revd Canon Lisle Ryder from the Wensley Deanery. Here
Funding Sources
Need funding for an environmental/renewables project? 

Here's a list of possible grant funding sources. Download
Funding for a Fuel Poverty Project? 

Try the Energy Redress Fund which takes money from fines applied to big energy companies and redistributes it to charities who offer energy advice/energy saving projects for vulnerable people. 
Environmental Preachers

To meet the need to sermon requests on caring for creation across the Diocese of Leeds. Are you a Reader or Retired Clergy person? Would you be able to offer occasional Sundays in your area? Contact Jemima Parker

Parish Environment Reps 
Are you the environmental enthusiast in your church or do you know the person who is? We are seeking a Rep in each parish to receive information and take up training opportunities. More
Become a Carbon Conversations Facilitator

Would you like to help your church and community reduce their personal carbon footprint? Take the Carbon Conversations Course and Facilitator's Training course. If interested, please email Jemima Parker.

Comedy Corner
If we don't laugh we'll cry: helping you through the grief of ecocide

Have a laugh watching this short video Climate Strange, TEDx with Dr Matt Winning, a London-based Scottish comedian, environmental economist and a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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