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.