What a pleasure to be able to visit schools again to talk about the care of creation and climate change in Melanesia. On 1st November I was able to visit Christ Church Chelsea & Holy Trinity Church of England Primary Schools in the Diocese of London with Revd Sam Rylands. You may remember that Revd Sam was on a placement with the Melanesian Brothers in 2019 at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and had a bit of a challenge to get home – Now The Adventure Begins.
The children at both schools listened intently as Revd Sam talked about his time in the Solomons with the Brothers and I talked about what is happening to the islands due to climate change. The children asked some very thoughtful questions, including – why is God letting this happen?
During COP26 the children will be writing their prayers and reflections for a Creation Care Compline at St Luke’s on Friday 12th November at 6pm. This will be a short and interactive service of prayer with contributions from the Melanesian Brothers, music by St Luke’s choir, and led by our youth group (many of whom went to CC). Bishop Graham will also be attending. After the service the children’s prayers will be sent to the Brothers and Bishops in Melanesia.
If you would like some resources and the PowerPoint presentation to give a similar talk to your local primary schools or children’s groups, please contact MMUK.
More on the service at St Luke’s
Creation Compline (Friday 12 November, 6pm at St Luke’s):
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is being held between 31st October and 12th November. During this period, in our schools and in the parish, we will be focusing our prayers and reflections on the issue of climate change.
On Friday 12th November, 6pm at St Luke’s, to mark the end of COP26 we will be a holding a youth-led Creation Compline. This will be a simple, reflective, and interactive service of prayer and music, as we ask God to give us vision for how we might play our part in stewarding and caring for God’s good creation. This will also have contributions from the Melanesian Brothers, whose Islands are being depleted by ever rising sea-levels.
So, please do join us for this! All are very welcome!
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