As the daffodils dazzle and spring blooms all around, the Chair of the diocesan Environment Forum, the Revd Mike Loach, has written a reflection for the diocesan Cycle of Prayer in which he urges us all to consider God's creation.
In a sometimes provocative and challenging reflection, the Vicar of Christ Church, Higher Bebington, says: "As Christians, it is hard to argue that we should not be seriously worried about the state of our planet and the role that we have all played in contributing to environmental disaster."
It's an issue Mike takes seriously and one which he has personally sacrificed his time towards addressing. Christ Church was the first church in our diocese to be awarded a gold Eco-Church award, something which was several years in the making.
Gold Eco Church award for Christ Church, Higher Bebington
Mike goes on to say in his Cycle of Prayer contribution that care for creation is something that we must address in order to protect our local environment but also because our actions here in the UK impact our brothers and sisters around the world: "Each of us needs to carefully examine the choices we make as global consumers if we are to be true to Jesus’s central command to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love our neighbour as ourselves."
You can read Mike's reflection for Sunday 26 March in our Cycle of Prayer here.
Daily prayers are published on the diocesan social media channels and on PrayerMate, a free app that helps you create personalised prayer lists. Just search for the Diocese of Chester and add us to your prayer list.
Want to know more about Eco-Church? There is information here along with a list of those churches that have already signed up.
The Revd Mike Loach with two members of the eco team at Christ Church, Higher Bebington