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Good Seed Sunday’s Website is Moving!

Please visit our new website at arocha.ca/good-seed-sunday

Delivered by A Rocha Canada, Good Seed Sunday is helping Christians across Canada honour the Creator as they celebrate and care for creation. All our FREE downloadable resources can now be found at arocha.ca/good-seed-sunday

The next Good Seed Sunday is April 23, 2017; save the date in your church calendar!

We invite you to check out the new website for sermons, Sunday school curriculum, devotionals and ideas on practical creation care projects. A Rocha’s Good Seed Sunday resources can help kick start a creation care movement in your church and neighbourhood.

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Good Seed Sunday is April 24th – How is Your Church Celebrating?

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Luke Wilson, A Rocha’s Ontario Director, shares how his church is practically caring for creation.

New Hope Church in Hamilton, Ontario has roots in the Christian Reformed denomination, a tradition that has a strong creation care theology, so the idea of stewarding creation is close to people’s hearts. That said, as a congregation we felt challenged to put our theology into action – to find ways to get our hands dirty and really care for the earth.

The solution came when we tied our monthly “Service Worship” projects with a restoration clean up at the Windermere Basin (removing garbage and invasive species). During the creation care series, I gave a short talk on the biblical basis for creation care, but mostly we just got busy doing the work of stewardship, cleaning up an area that has been degraded by numerous influences but mostly a lack of care.

Here’s what one woman from our congregation had to say about the day:

“I love the idea of creation care but living it out is something I was keen to learn more about. Our Service Worship project with A Rocha taught me so much about creation and helped me connect with so many of the biblical illustrations in the parables.” — Tammy H.

The exciting thing about this initiative is that it’s not just a one-time feel good effort. New Hope Church has committed $24,000 to the Windermere Basin project as a way to engage the community and other local churches. It’s our way of showing God’s love for a particular place over the long haul.

Please check out A Rocha’s Good Seed Sunday resources for ideas on how your church can celebrate this important day. The free resources include downloadable sermons, Sunday school materials and practical stewardship ideas.

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Creation Care at Tenth Church

Good Seed Sunday inspires many acts of stewardship

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A Rocha’s Community Garden Network inspires not only a garden but other acts of stewardship.

The members of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, are growing more than a community garden. They are growing in relationship to the Creator as well as in their understanding of how their urban lifestyles can honour God.

Empowered by the idea of caring for the earth and their neighbours, congregants have sown, weeded, and harvested bushels of vegetables in raised beds just inches away from a busy East Vancouver street. In the past two years, the food grown in Tenth’s “ Healing Garden” has graced the dishes served in the church’s weekly community meals.

Ranging from fresh salad greens to garlic and culinary herbs, the goodness of these local and organically grown veggies add to the warmth and welcoming hospitality extended to all who come to the church’s table.

Aiming for consistency in their earthkeeping, Tenth Church also composts all their food waste and scraps, and uses compostable paper cups and plates. Furthermore, all paper used is 100% recycled. (For a church of over 1500 people, this amounts to many reams of paper!)

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