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Canterbury’s Eco Service

On Saturday (4 February) Canterbury Cathedral’s Crypt will go green to mark the 1st anniversary of Eco Church.

It is part of a weekend of services across the country in churches renewing their commitment to caring for the environment and all are welcome. This weekend marks the first anniversary of A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme, an initiative developed to encourage churches and their congregations to bring concern for creation more fully into their buildings, prayer life and outreach.

The Canterbury service at 17.30 hrs in the Chapel of Our Lady Undercroft will be led by the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott and has been designed by the Cathedral’s Precentor, Revd Matthew Rushton, who is responsible for worship in the Cathedral. Matthew was commissioned to write the liturgy by A Rocha UK and many churches and cathedrals will be using the resources for services this weekend.

Matthew said: “I was very pleased to be asked to write the liturgies – there is surprisingly little out there for worship celebrating care of the environment. I hope other churches and cathedrals have found it helpful in planning their services.

“We are looking forward to the service here as we celebrate the 1st anniversary of Eco Church and commit ourselves to caring for God’s creation of which we are a part.”


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