The Climate Sunday initiative is calling on all local churches across Great Britain & Ireland to hold a climate-focused service on any Sunday before COP26 (November 2021). At this service, congregations are encouraged to make a commitment to greater action to address climate change in their own place of worship and community and to use their voice to tell politicians we want a cleaner, greener, fairer future at the heart of plans agreed during COP26.
A selection of service materials are available below to help you plan your Climate Sunday. Please remember to register before 5th September 2021 so we can count you in!
And for inspiration, you can watch a selection of services that have already taken place.
From Season of Creation
The 2020 Celebration Guide with the theme “Jubilee for the Earth” is available thanks to Season of Creation. During 2020, the need for just and sustainable systems was revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
You can download this resource in English or Welsh:
From the Church of England
A Time for Creation - This collection of prayers, readings and other liturgical resources aims to enliven our praise of God’s gifts to us in creation. It is intended to deepen awareness so that we take greater responsibility for our actions, repent of our misuse of natural resources and amend our ways, and attend more closely to the voice of creation itself in our prayer and worship.... Ideal for year-round use in parishes, schools and chaplaincies.
A template for a Climate Sunday Mass which can take place on any Sunday before the beginning of the Glasgow UN COP26 meeting on 1 November 2021.
The Mass can be a celebration of any Livesimply or other Creation Care actions your parish has taken.
Why does a God of love allow disasters to happen?
From World Vision
This sermon, based on readings from Genesis, shows that God doesn’t make disasters happen in order to punish people, but that disasters occur due to specific vulnerabilities. What's more, actions can be taken to reduce vulnerabilities so disasters aren’t inevitable. Climate change is increasing the vulnerability of the poorest and most vulnerable communities, making the need for action urgent.
Trees of Life
From World Vision
Worship resources for a Climate Sunday service
From The United Reformed Church
A selection of material to help resource Christian worship at any time of year. A variety of ‘pick and mix’ options are offered for each part of a service, including a liturgy for a Communion service.
Music & Hymns
From Resound Worship
"Sometimes the Old Testament prophets speak of inevitable calamity, sometimes they speak in the hope that people will change their ways... But whatever disasters come, there is still ultimate hope in the mercy of God." Read more about the track.
Download the corresponding piano score, choir score, melody instrument parts and lead sheet:
Visit www.doxecology.org to purchase the full album, music book and accompanying thirteen-chapter study guide which includes contributions from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of environmentalism and worship, plus three service plans with new resources created by engageworship.
From A Rocha
A Rocha has provided a number of hymns, including God Creation Comes from You which has music and lyrics (offered here for non-commercial use with no modifications) from Jubilate Hymns. A Rocha's 2012 Environment Resource Pack also contains song and hymn suggestions.
From Leighton Jones and Alan Sykes
This hymn is the result of a collaboration between Leighton Jones (words) and Alan Sykes (music).
The author and composer retain copyright of the words and music but encourage you to use this resource to promote a Christian response to the climate crisis. Acknowledgement of its use sent to firstname.lastname@example.org would be appreciated.
A guide to talking about climate change at church which helps people understand the climate emergency and be inspired by God’s love for creation and his heart for justice.
A collection of sermons from A Rocha International, including the one above featuring Revd Dave Bookless.
From Christian Aid
A prayer for climate change written by Katrina Rowland.