The climate crisis is a disaster that the church cannot ignore. Around the world extreme weather events are more frequent and more severe and as a result more people are going hungry and communities are being displaced. Right now, world leaders were due to have been gathering in Glasgow for COP26, the crucial UN climate conference that has now been postponed until November 2021. To mark the original date, Tearfund, Christian Aid, CAFOD and other Christian organisations are joining together on 22nd November for an online service of prayer and reflection on the climate crisis. Let’s add our prayers to theirs during this 24/7 prayer week and in the year ahead and expect God to move powerfully.
The church has an opportunity to be the prophetic voice that’s needed and to be salt and light on this issue. We know that ‘the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it’ (Psalm 24:1). Being good stewards of God’s creation and tackling the climate crisis is part of our love for both God and our global neighbours. Each of us has a part to play. So what might this look like?
Prayer is a good place to start.
As individuals we can inform ourselves about the climate crisis and pray. Tearfund is running the Reboot campaign this year, and together with The Climate Coalition they are calling on the UK government to lead the world in delivering a post-coronavirus recovery that is healthier, greener and fairer and one that puts us on track to tackle climate change.
Check out the climate change factsheet produced by Tearfund.
Check out the Tearfund Reboot Campaign.
Sign up to Tearfund’s Action Prayer Feed on WhatsApp which this year focuses on climate change. You will be sent prayer points every 1-2 weeks by adding Tearfund’s Action Prayer Feed number +44 (0)7916 874441 to your contacts and using WhatsApp to send the word ‘PRAY’ to that number.
Sign up to receive monthly prayer point emails from the international group of Christians ‘Pray and Fast for the Climate’ and join them as they pray and fast on the first day of each month.
Make changes to your life to help combat climate change - here are a few Tearfund Action Stories to give you some ideas.
Hold large corporations to account for the way their operations impact the climate.
Add your voice to the Climate Coalition’s declaration – we can make a real difference when we speak up together.
Finally, as we pray, we are rooted locally here in Scotland, but the power of prayer knows no geographical boundaries, and neither does the Kingdom of God. It's global and universal! At this particular time we are also mindful of our brothers and sisters in Rwanda.
As a Church we have a long standing partnership with four rural communities in the Karongi District.
We have a few brief updates to fuel our prayers for them at this time.
One is an update from Karongi and the other says a little about how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting Rwanda.
If you click on the picture of the house it will take you to the information page about our Rwandan connections.
Let us rejoice, give thanks in all circumstances,
and intercede for God's Kingdom to come powerfully in Rwanda this Pentecost!
Imana Shimwe Cyane!