- Bible study: People and wildlife
- A Bible study on biodiversity (Psalm 104)
- Case studies of environmental projects for churches
- Children’s biodiversity activities
- Food chain sketch
- Order of service: All-age worship
- Order of service: Biodiversity communion
- Poem: The A to Z of Creation
- Psalm 104 presentation
- Prayers: Biodiversity
- Sermon: Biodiversity and the image of God
- Sermon: Noah and biodiversity
- Sermon: Psalm 104 and biodiversity
- Songs and hymns (not included in the online version)
- Why biodiversity matters
Introduction to: ‘What a Wildly Wonderful World!’
Welcome to A Rocha UK’s 2010 Environment Resource Pack. This brief introduction will help you get the most out of the resources in the pack.
A Rocha UK is a registered charity (1089276) and depends on donations from Churches and Individuals for its work in encouraging Christians to care for the environment in practical ways.
Please consider having a collection for A Rocha UK in your Environment Sunday service, and please consider joining A Rocha UK’s Partner Churches Scheme (arocha.org/churches – now Eco-Congregation England & Wales). This exists to create a genuine partnership with those Churches that are seeking to take steps to include creation care in their teaching, ministry and mission. A Rocha UK can help your church through information (magazines, monthly e-news, web-site and Churches forum), inspiration (biblical materials, books and packs) and involvement (projects, activities, providing speakers). Please contact [email protected] or 020 8574 5935 for more information.
The materials in this Environment Resource pack are flexible and can be used at any time of year. A Rocha promotes ‘Environment Sunday’ as a time they may be especially suitable. This is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to World Environment Day (June 5th). However, churches may choose to hold their own ‘Environment Sunday on any suitable date. CTBI (Churches Together in Britain & Ireland) is also promoting ‘Creation Time’ between 1st September and 4th October. In many churches this includes Harvest and St. Francis’ day and so may also provide a good time to use the materials in this pack.
Title & Theme:
The title “What a Wildly Wonderful World!” is taken from Psalm 104:24 in The Message version of the Bible, which reads:
What a wildly wonderful world, God!
You made it all, with Wisdom at your side,
made earth overflow
with your wonderful creations.
It is suggested that The Message is used for scripture readings due both to its vivid language and its suitability for all-age worship.
The theme is ‘Biodiversity’. 2010 has been declared the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) by the United Nations. The website www.biodiversityislife.net has much useful information.
Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. It is essential for sustaining the natural living systems or ecosystems that provide us with food, fuel, health, wealth, and other vital services. Humans are part of this biodiversity too and have the power to protect or destroy it. For more on why biodiversity matters see the document Why Biodiversity Matters in this pack.
Planning a Service:
The pack contains all you should need to plan services that are informal / structured; all-age / with adults only; morning worship / Holy Communion. There are separate documents with service orders, lists of hymns & songs, prayer ideas, all-age activities, a drama sketch, a poem, and PowerPoint presentations (including a visual version of Psalm 104). In addition there are materials for small group study and children’s groups.
Due to the theme, it’s strongly encouraged that at least part of the service takes place out-doors. See Order of Service – All-age Worship for details.
- To open the PowerPoint documents: download Microsoft’s free PowerPoint reader. Open http://www.microsoft.com/downloads, type “PowerPoint Viewer” in the search box at the top, and follow the instructions.
- To open Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files: download a free Adobe Acrobat Reader from http://get.adobe.com/reader/
- To edit documents: To copy & paste information from these files into a service sheet or other document you may find it easier to use the MS Word files.
This Environment Resource Pack has been produced by A Rocha UK (Charity number 1089276). You can contact A Rocha UK via www.arocha.org.uk, [email protected], 020 8574 5935 or 13 Avenue Road, Southall, UB1 3BL. The material was edited by Dave Bookless. Many people have contributed material – particular thanks to: Marie Birkinshaw, Sarah Butler, Laurie Burn, Simon Brown, Will & Pip Campbell-Clause, Barbara Mearns, Lisa Ostenson, Heather Robinson-Hyde, Sylvia Walker, Daphne Warren.