Eco-pledges and prayers

Eco-pledges and prayers 

from the latest edition of Talkabout -

During the past year the world has faced huge challenges.  Life has been difficult and strange at times; yet the greatest crisis looms as the world’s climate changes.  Every living thing will be affected.  NOW is the time to act!  NOW is the time to put our faith into action!  As mentioned already St Mary’s Church is hosting an outdoor event on Saturday 25 September as part of York Environment Week to illustrate the damage being done as a result of climate change. 

Prayer is one of the most important ways that we can take action.  We’re commanded to “pray in the Spirit... with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18), and when we pray to our mighty and powerful God we are part of God’s transforming work!  Our prayers are part of our commitment to signal our willingness to change: change ourselves and our habits to offer a better future for our planet.  

We are launching an outside Prayer Wall, from 4 September until the COP26 Summit, and we will be encouraging everyone to commit to change some part of their daily habit to improve the climate. 

These pledges and prayers will be collected into recycled plastic bottles and placed into the gaps in the front wall with the hope we ‘plug the gaps’!  We do need some help in collecting clean plastic bottles in readiness for the 25 September, please hold onto a few in readiness and bring them along on the day.  

Meanwhile, consider your own eco-pledge and join in to make a promise or a prayer and hopefully by November we will have enough to display inside the church to mark the Climate Change Summit (1-12 November 2021 in Glasgow).   

Have you made yours?


Bev Crapper