Creationtide, a month-long celebration of God’s wonderful natural world runs throughout the month of September until 4th October.
Churches across the diocese are preparing a variety of special services, exciting events and prayers to celebrate Creationtide, otherwise known as the ‘Season of Creation’.
It is a period in the official Church of England calendar dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. The season is taking place to encourage Christians throughout the Anglican community to give thanks for the God’s creation and put practices in place to help improve the environment.
Planned church events in the diocese include a thanksgiving service dedicated to animals, green communion and one church in Wakefield, St John’s, has created prayer bags which contain different natural objects to promote prayer and which will be handed out to the congregations.
The Rt Revd Paul Slater, Bishop of Kirkstall and chair of the Diocesan Environment Group offers his thoughts on this special time of the year.
If your church wants to get involved in this years ‘Creationtide’ then find some useful resources here on the national Creationtide website, including an actions and reflection sheet. Other useful ideas and resources can be found here on the Diocese of Leeds Environment page. Jemima Parker the Diocesan Environment Officejemima.parker [at] leeds.anglican.org (r is also available to be contacted )for advice and support.