Fall is an excellent time to focus on creation care. As storms rage harder, flood waters rise higher, and fires burn hotter, we remind ourselves of our responsibilities as disciples to honor God in creation. This theme emerges naturally in the harvest season and as we celebrate the ministry of St. Francis of Assisi, which many congregations do with worship service that includes a blessing of the animals. We also like that creation care helps us introduce the concept of stewardship (we all have responsibility to care for the earth, just as our discipleship calls us to care for Christ’s body, the church)–more on that in our next edition!
There are formation resources for all ages, which we offer with both faith-at-home and faith-at-church options:
- For children: Children are particularly receptive to seeing the wonder and beauty of creation, which is a very local concept to many of them. This is a time to foster an appreciation of nature as well as to begin and encourage good creation care habits at home.
Faith at Home / Celebrate Creation with Wondering Questions >>
Faith at Church / Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum (from Episcopal Relief & Development) >>
- For youth and young adults: This group has grown up hearing and seeing the consequences of dire warnings about the earth’s future, so celebrating the diversity and beauty of creation while emphasizing a productive path forward helps combat feelings of hopelessness.
Faith at Home / Creation Season Bingo >>
Faith at Church / Care for Creation curriculum (from the Anglican Church of Southern Africa) >>
- For adults and congregations: Adults can see creation care through political or economic lenses, but we also need to understand it as a critical ministry as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Faith at Home / BibleProject Creation Series Bible Study >>
Faith at Church / Season of Creation 2021 Celebration Guide >>