Anyone who has stopped to admire the spring blossom or enjoy the first signs of summer fast approaching, will understand how important nature has been for our happiness and health during lockdown.
Christian conservation charity, A Rocha UK is committed to mobilising Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment and have been offering ways to help people connect and reconnect with nature during this lockdown period.
Jennifer Jobbins, A Rocha UK’s Wild Christian Programme Coordinator says;
” With church members currently worshipping at home, we’d really encourage everyone looking for ways to continue celebrating and protecting God’s creation to become part of the Wild Christian scheme. ‘Wild Christian’ was launched in 2018 to inspire Christians (whether individuals or families) to engage with nature as part of their worship and to act personally to enjoy it, nurture it and defend it, offering reflections, stories, practical tips and an online community. “
You can sign up here to receive Wild Christian’s free monthly email, which includes a biblical reflection and ideas on how to enjoy, nurture and defend nature.
Andy Jowitt, who moved to Sudbury in early 2018 with his wife, Jane to take up a joint voluntary role as Community Engagement Officer for Foxearth Meadows nature reserve, is a supporter of Wild Christian. He explains;
” It’s a real disappointment as I write, not to be worshipping outdoors as originally planned this weekend (Sunday, 17 May) in the beauty of Foxearth Meadows with many friends. There’s no certainty yet as to when we’ll be able to resume public events at the Meadows, but if you’d like to be included personally in our news and prayer letter circulation (quarterly, but with occasional interim editions), please contact me on [email protected] ”
Andy and Jane work in a local care home, worship at All Saints, Sudbury and enjoy the Churches Together network. They also join in with the local Causeway Fellowship (for adults with learning disabilities).