Outdoor Connections

Caring for God's creation in the Diocese of Chester

The Diocese of Chester has joined up with environmental charity Caring for God's Acre to provide a number of webinars in a series titled Outdoor Connections. The webinars are aimed specifically at encouraging churches to make better use of their churchyards as places of ecological and social significance.  

Outdoor Connections begins on Tuesday 04 May. Sign up here. 

Director of Outreach, Revd Peter Froggatt, says: "You will receive training and encouragement on many aspects of using churchyards as places of ecological and social significance. The webinars cover a variety of topics related to ecological issues and participants will also be helped to run an activity at some point over the summer, drawing in people from the community around them."

The course follows the season of Lent and an emphasis on the environment and creation, and the pledge from the Diocese of Chester in February to aim towards becoming an Eco-Diocese. 

There are lots of opportunities approaching for parishes that want to do more to protect God's creation and the environment. Planning is underway for a number of further activities later in the year ahead of COP26 which will be held in Glasgow in November. 

What is the biodiversity of your churchyard?

Join hundreds of churches in a week-long ‘nature count’ occurring this summer, which will encourage people to visit churchyards and record what they see. Churches Count on Nature will run between 5 June and 13 June and is being described as a citizen-science event covering churchyards across England and Wales. Find out more. 

Beating the bounds for Christian Aid

The new Rector of the Parish of Congleton, the Revd Ian Enticott, and the Treasurer, Mike Laurence, are running the 16 miles of the parish boundaries to raise money for the Christian Aid Week appeal which this year is helping to support poor communities in Kenya affected by severe drought and unpredictable changes in weather.