Well, we have had a really busy Sunday at TMC today. It all began as every 1st Sunday does with breakfast praise. Over a hearty breakfast we heard the story of stone soup and then, in a really creative activity, using natures own gifts – conkers, acorns, leaves and twigs – we made some great pieces of art work. The point of the exercise, like the point of the story of stone soup, was to discover how much better we are able to do things when we work together than when we try to go it alone. Thank you to Clair for leading us this morning and for so many of you turning up.
Most people then went into church for the harvest festival service. The church looked beautiful and as usual people gave so very generously the many gifts that will be given to various causes in and around Tewkesbury. It all went really well except for the projector which seemed to go on strike immediately before the service, but we carried on regardless and improvised where necessary.
After the service a wonderful lunch was enjoyed by some 50 of us thanks to the catering team. They had already been hard at work having cooked breakfast for the early service but true to form they took it all in their stride and produced a superb lunch. Thank you to Gill, Jean, Lin and the team.
I am really very proud of TMC for achieving the Silver Eco Church Award. We have become increasingly aware of our responsibility to the planet and to each other and have worked hard to reduce waste, recycle, improve our energy efficiency and to raise awareness of the environmental challenges we face in our conversations and our services – particularly so in Breakfast Praise.
We are also starting a new group which will continue the work of raising awareness and encourage our working on Eco projects together both in the church and beyond, for more information on this, click here Viriditas .
If you are local to the Tewkesbury area please watch out for a new group starting on the 1st Saturday of every month from 7th September at Tewkesbury Methodist Church
The inspiration for the name Viriditas comes from St Hildegard of Bingen, one of the great medieval Christian mystics who was a Benedictine abbess. She was a polymath with many gifts … a writer, composer, poet, philosopher, visionary, and is considered to be the founder of scientific natural history in Germany. For Hildegard the term Viriditas perfectly captures the divine force of nature which she saw as the greening power bringing life, energy and healing. She was renowned for her work with herbal medicine but underpinning all of this was her profound love for creation and her understanding of the importance of caring for our planet.
In our monthly meetings will explore all aspects of Viriditas from engaging in Eco projects, within and beyond our church, that will ensure we play our part in caring for the planet – to discussions on creation spirituality, science and theology and Celtic and mystic perspectives on Creation. It is intended that we invite speakers, engage in activities and generally promote a healthy approach to our role as stewards of the created world.
All are welcome, just turn up bringing with you any ideas or thoughts on specific areas of interest or projects you are already involved with. At our first meeting we will share all of these and plan a programme together.
Look forward to seeing you, Jayne