Sunday, November 3, 2019

Christians Together on Climate

An exciting opportunity to find resources to help our churches respond to the climate emergency with advisors from Oxford diocese, EcoChurch reps from different denominations and lots of representatives from other Eco groups in and around Reading  - please join us!

Creation Season


Highlights of this year's Creation Season at St John's included the invitation to be part of a service at Christ Church Oxford in which representatives from across the diocese were commissioned to work for Creation Care in their parishes. It was the final in a series of services whose sermons have been recorded and can be heard (or read) at: https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/oxfords-cathedral/creationtide-sermon-series


The following day was our harvest festival at St John's. The proceeds from the monthly church lunch, like the harvest gifts, were given to Readifood and the meal was a vegetarian recipe from Jack Monroe's latest book.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Time is Now

How many St John's congregation members can you spot in the picture? The article is here. The photo was taken just after a long and positive discussion with local MP Matt Rhodda about action on climate change as part of the mass lobby last Wednesday.

In other updates - the Elements youth group appreciated an excellent and thought-provoking and inspiring talk from Sarah Thake on corporate social responsibility and what you can get business to do for the environment and social justice working from the inside.


And here is the evidence of what we did with the proceeds of our last church lunch!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Environment Sunday update

Last Sunday was Environment Sunday and the theme of our Worship Together was 'feast'. Afterwards we had a vegan lunch (chickpea, apricot and cashew nut tagine from a Schumacher College recipe book) and the donations people gave will all be going to The World Land Trust as part of Green Christian's campaign to find 100 churches to spend £100 each on protecting rainforest (we're hoping it'll be a bit more than £100).
Since my last blog quite a few of the church enjoyed the Christian Aid walk the country sponsored event, as usual. Plus our new youth group, Elements, had a speaker who had attended Friends of the Earth's Community Campaigning course and he shared his school's campaign to reduce plastics. Also, Bridget has wonderfully volunteered to ensure a compost bin in the kitchen is emptied in the middle of each week, so now we can make sure all the coffee grounds etc aren't going in the bin.