Creationtide 2017: ‘Inspiring Earth’

‘Creationtide’ or the ‘Season of Creation’ is the period in the annual church calendar, from 1st September to 4th October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. It is a time that encompasses many harvest festivals in our region and ends with the feast of St Francis of Assisi. As Christians, we acknowledge that the environment is our common home, and we need to tread more gently on the earth and care for our shared planet. This is a special time for us to recall our relationship with the Earth and the Holy.

“Celebrating Creationtide marks a shift in the Christian understanding of our relationship to creation under God. The consequences of teaching over recent centuries that humanity has been given domination over creation are clear in the complex environmental crisis we now face. It is important that Christians rediscover older traditions of a godly relationship of humanity to the wider created order. The Season of Creationtide is a time for Christians throughout the world to pray, reflect, and act, on issues related to the care of all of Creation, the environment and the world in which we live.” — The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment.

This year we invite you to join us in daily prayers and reflections. As we have done through Lent in previous years, we will send you an email each morning with ideas and resources between the 1st September and the 4th October. This year we will be exploring the theme of ‘Inspiring Earth’.

” ‘Inspiring Earth’ offers sustenance to enthuse us in our ministry for the whole inhabited world.” — Bishop Nicholas Holtam

You can sign up for the daily emails using this form. We also use this list to send out very occasional information (perhaps as often as twice a year!) about events organised by EcoChurch Southwest. You can unsubscribe at any time using the link at the bottom of our emails.

Further information and liturgical resources on Creationtide are available on the Church of England website.