Mennonite Creation Care Network calls the congregations in its network to join other churches in two shared practices per year. While these can be done any time, you may wish to connect the first to Earth Day and the second to the Season of Creation in September.
January to June 2020: Start an accountability group
It’s one thing to think you’d like to plant trees or become politically active on environmental issues. It’s another to commit to regularly tell a group of friends how it’s going. Start a support group for people who want to take action on behalf of the planet or incorporate a “caring for the earth” check-in during an existing small group. It works best if participants start wherever they are and choose their own goals.
Past Shared Practices
It’s never too late to revive a good idea!
July to December 2019: Hold a potluck of sustainable foods
Many churches regularly eat together. But do we use this time to inspire healthy food choices for both our bodies and the planet? Invite people to a themed potluck. The theme could be vegetarian or backyard grown or low sugar. Participants could share their recipes or facts about where the food comes from.
January to June 2019: Plan a conversation on climate change
Hold an intergenerational dialog on climate change.The younger people might be a high school youth group or a young adult Christian education class. They might be fringe young adults who attended church as children, whose parents attend the congregation hosting the event or who live in the community and are looking for meaningful conversation. The older people might be anyone from 35 to 95.
Here’s a lesson plan to draw from: Climate Change Dialog Sessions 1-2