There are lots of events going on in the diocese and around the country over the summer, and there promises to be even more in the autumn as we head in to creationtide. If you have any events over the summer or creationtide that you would like to be included in this list or have good news stories like an Eco Church award then please email: [email protected] we would love to hear about all of the wonderful environmental work being done in the diocese.

The Energy Footprint Tool – closes 31st July
This year’s Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) is heading to a close. This part of the online parish returns system is an important tool in the Journey to Net Zero that the church is following. It comprises a series of 15 questions; at the end it lets you know what your church’s emissions are, and how efficiently your space is heated. A thriving church is often one that produces a lot of emissions, and old church will also produce a lot of emissions. The challenge facing the church is how to reduce our emissions while embracing our heritage and encouraging the active use of our church spaces. A key part of this planning is to know what our emissions overall are. By completing the EFT your church will help us in that planning, especially when it comes to accessing the money earmarked for net zero by the church commissioners. The EFT closes on the 31st of July and can be accessed on the Parish Returns website.

To fill in the EFT you will need:

  • energy bills for Gas/Electricity/oil etc for 2021.
  • your building footprint in square metres
  • average weekly attendance, average annual attendance
  • the number of hours your church is open in a week.

 

Eco-chambers – Conversations on the Environment 30th June
St Mary’s Eco church based in Lambeth is hosting a series of conversations around environmental issues on the final Thursday of every month. The aim of these conversations is to break out of the Echo Chambers in which we are trapped and promote an eco-chamber. This started on the 26th of May with a fascinating conversation between the founder of The Ethical Butcher and a Michelin Star winning French chef who is moving to cook only vegan food.

The next conversation will be exploring the benefits of spending time with the rest of nature and the outdoors with Garden Rescue’s TV gardener, Flo Headlam; author of Fledgling, Hannah Bourne-Taylor; and nature journalist, Emma Wayland.

The monthly Eco Evenings are a place where people can gather to hear talks and take part in debates on the key climate issues of our time with a pop-up bar in an amazing new location – Lambeth Palace Library – with views of the river and the Houses of Parliament. The events will be chaired by Tom Shakespeare, from Radio 4’s Point of View. Register Here

Online Conference: Sustaining Church: Reimagining Communities of Faith in a Climate Crisis – 13/14 July
Hosted by Hazelnut Community Farm, a church plant in Bristol Diocese seeking to respond to the climate emergency, this conference brings speakers from around the world and organisations including A Rocha, Operation Noah and Green Christian. This promises to be an inspiring event open to all. Details Here

Talking Climate Justice Tour , St Anne’s Church, Kew – 16th July
As Christians we are called to challenge the injustice of the climate crisis. We know the next decade will be critical for us to act. Every social movement started with conversations – these conversations stirred anger, fuelled hope and inspired people to act.  As the church, we need to have those honest conversations that spur us into action. We want to walk with you, to join these conversations and act together in the pursuit of climate justice.  Click here here for more information and for event registration.

DEO Drop in – Last Monday of every month
Do you have questions around being a more environmentally sustainable church? Have you started the Eco Church award scheme? Are you thinking about taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint? Join the Diocesan Environment Officer over a lunch zoom session and get your questions answered! Further details here

 

Other Diocesan Events

Children and Young People

Ministry that is inclusive of children and young people, Wed 6 July, 7:30-9:30pm
How do we welcome children as spiritual beings, build intergenerational relationships, involve children in decision making and more? Margaret Pritchard-Houston leads this session around her recent book. Register here

Godly Play for Mental Health & Role of Play in Managing Bereavement & Loss, Sat 16 July, 10:15am-3:30pm
Covering the use of Godly Play to enable the processing of emotions and challenges and using play to explore bereavement and other loss (not seeing friends, missing school etc). Book here for in person or online

Together Southwark with Safe Families

Building Belonging with Isolated Families, Tuesday 12 July 2022, 10.30 am – 12 noon
As a church leader you may long to see your members living out their calling and using their gifts and talents for God’s Kingdom. We also know that you want to support your community in positive and effective ways that make a genuine impact on people’s lives. Neither are easy!

At this brunch session you will hear about ways Safe Families can partner with churches in the diocese to connect them with isolated families and Care Leavers, particularly in the London Boroughs of Southwark and Greenwich.

Safe Families is a Christian charity that works together with churches to mobilise church members and train and support them to make an impact on local people’s lives. Through its relationships with local authorities, the charity connects churches with isolated families in need you may not otherwise meet. You will hear stories of change from other churches. Of course, no two churches are alike, so the event will also be an opportunity to hear your thoughts as well on how best such partnership can work for yours.  Click here to register

Thursday, 30th June, 2022 12:00 am-11:59 pm

Sunday, 31st July, 2022 12:00 am-11:59 pm