At St Matthew’s we take looking after Creation seriously. We recognise that our beautiful home, Earth, is in trouble, largely due to human activity—plastics, pollution, carbon emissions, species extinction, deforestation, food shortages, and the climate crisis.
In 1984, the Anglican Church adopted five equally-important “Marks of Mission”: proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God; teaching, baptising and nurturing believers; loving service to those in need; transforming injustice and pursuing peace and reconciliation; and – last, but not least – striving to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth.
At St Matthew’s, in our worship, teaching, small groups, and daily lives, we try to live out all of these Five Marks of Mission, including signing up to Eco Church, an award scheme for churches in England and Wales.
St Matthew’s has now gained the EcoChurch Silver Award, and is working towards Gold. We have created a wildlife garden, and are working on our sustainability across all areas of church life, including our building. We also celebrate Harvest, together with teaching about Creation Care, and we support The Busoga Trust, which provides clean water and sanitation in rural Uganda.
These are exciting times. Do join us!
For further information please see our booklet—Who's World is it Anyway?