Psalm 24 remind us:
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
Our worship is focused on a Creator God and in order to worship him we must cherish what belongs to Him - all of Creation!
Along with many churches we are actively working on the fifth mark of Mission which is:
'To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth'.
We see this as being very much part of our Seven Whole Days Vision - hence the two logos which shares the same themes and colours
We are actively seeking to obtain our Eco Church Bronze Award from A Rocha which means that we are working across the different areas of worship and teaching, lifestyle, buildings, land, community and global engagement.
Our Eco Church initiative is being launched on Sunday 21 February 2021and during Lent you are encouraged to take part in out '40 Ways to Spring Clean your Life' available HERE. We will ask for some feedback in due course to help us assess whether this has helped all of us make a difference.
We have also referred in a couple of recent sermons to The Dasgupta Review, a report published in February 2021 which looks at the economic case for bio-diversity. Read a summary HERE.
It was great to hear Ian Christie speak last Sunday. Ian is a Diocesan Environmental Advisor and Senior Lecturer in Social Science of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey. Find his sermon HERE and a longer slide presentation HERE. He has promised to visit St Matthew's when such things are possible and we look forward to hearing from him again before too long.
If you would like an introduction to the subject why not watch the last episode of David Attenborough's documentary series 'Perfect Planet'. Episode Five deals with the impact of humans on the planet - it is by turns alarming and hope-filled. Find it HERE (provided you have a TV licence!
A Kingston branch of Friends of the Earth is about to be launched with a first Zoom meeting on 11 March 2021 at 7pm. If you would like to attend register HERE.
If you are interested in finding our more we would recommend these websites in particular:
and the Church of England's website HERE.
If you would like to offer to help with this initiative in any way please get in touch with Helen.