After months of planning by the dedicated volunteer team Winchester’s fourth annual green week is here, running from 25 September to 3 October. And there are as many ways to get involved as there are churches in Winchester.
Through a series of events, we have an amazing opportunity as Churches Together to show our commitment to a world in which everyone benefits from responsible use of natural resources and to fight climate injustice.
Let’s Rise to the Moment together!
We can bear witness to that commitment at a special service at the Cathedral on Sunday 3rd October at 3.30pm entitled ‘Rise to the Moment’.
Churches Together, the Cathedral and Winchester Green Week are jointly hosting this special service which will be attended by civic representatives as well as church communities. It will be a fitting finale to Green Week and will send a clear statement that our churches, hand-in-hand with the city, care greatly for the future of this precious planet. Your clergy will have received a similar message to this in early August so you may be on the case already.
Please get the date in your diaries now and encourage as many of your friends as possible to attend the service. We have asked every church to choose a practical, tangible, creation care pledge that it is aiming for and the date which you hope to achieve it. For example: solar panels by 2023, or carbon neutral by 2025. We hope each church will appoint two volunteers to deliver these pledges in the service. If you feel called, please get in touch with your church leaders who are putting all this together.
For details of all the events planned for Winchester Green Week, visit the events page at www.winchestergreenweek.co.uk Events are constantly being added so check daily.
Winchester Green Week events
For now, here’s just a taste of what’s to come.
Sunday 26 September – Climate Sunday at Christ Church
Andy Lester, Head of Conservation at A Rocha, will be speaking at all three Sunday services to kick off Winchester Green Week. Andy will address ‘Care for Creation’, ‘Hope for our Planet’ and ‘Catching Fire for a Greener Future’. Christ Church intends to declare a climate emergency and use this as a spur to action for the whole congregation. Services at: 9am in church, 11am and 7pm in church and online. Click ‘try church online’ to access the online services.
Monday 27 September – Churches Together AGM at the United Church
Churches Together will be a holding a ‘face to face’ AGM on 27 September at the United Church. It’s a chance to catch up with each other and to reflect on our experiences over the past year or so.
There will be news of climate justice activities, together with updates on those who have been air-lifted out of Afghanistan.
Fair Trade refreshments will be served at 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30.
Friday 1 October – A Christian course on climate change
World leaders will soon be descending on Glasgow for the COP26 climate conference, and our prime Minister has already put out a plea for more action. We can each play our part. A group from St Peter’s is running a seven-week course on Zoom from 7.30-9pm, starting on 1 October. Join them:
- To understand and implement the Christian view of Caring for our Common Home
• To learn some practical measures that each of us can take in our daily lives
Sunday 3 October – The Sustainable Mind
Roly Riem, Vice-Dean at Winchester Cathedral will lead a discussion at 2pm exploring how the Rule of St Benedict helps to transform our relationship with things, with others and with ourselves, as we seek to grow in humility before our Creator. Roly has been practising the Rule of St Benedict for the last 25 years. Location: Wessex Centre, 8A The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS Please Book on Eventbrite.
Sunday 3 October – Rise to the moment Green Week service in Winchester Cathedral
This special service in Winchester Cathedral at 3.30pm celebrates our commitment to a greener planet. Preacher: Professor Emeritus Joy Carter CBE DL FGS. No need to book.
Sunday 3 October – Song for the climate
At 4.45pm, Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) is coordinating a mass singing event. Turn up on the day and/or record yourself, your house group, your family on your phone and send it in. Open to all residents of Winchester and beyond, the event aims to send a strong message to politicians, both locally and nationally. You can find a film of the song, words, audio track and rehearsal details and instructions on the Winchester Green Week website. Venue: Central Winchester if you want to come on Oct 3rd.
All Week Events for Winchester Green Week
Check the Events Page for details of all events and promotions. Here are a few.
ALL WEEK – Donate a harvest time veg box to the Winchester Churches Night Shelter
Oooby (Out Of Our Own Backyard) will deliver the veg as and when the Nightshelter needs it, thereby reducing food waste. Oooby will donate one of their fruit bags for each box donated. Check the details here.
ALL WEEK – Display for Season of Creation and the Young Christian Climate Network Relay to COP26
St Lawrence in the Square. Open daily.
ALL WEEK – The Heart of Winchester and Climate Change
The Laudato Si group of St Peters Church invite you to explore the heart of Winchester in response to the challenges of climate change this autumn. Send photography, painting, drawing, doodling, sewing, writing, poetry and other creative expressions of concern and you might be exhibited during Winchester Green Week and the United Nations Climate Change conference in Glasgow in November. Email email@example.com
Be inspired and get involved
The success that Winchester Green Week has demonstrated over the past few years helped inspire The Climate Coalition to create a national Great Big Green Week from 18 to 26 September. Events in Winchester district take place during both weeks and will carry on through the autumn in the run up to COP26, the international climate conference in Glasgow.
Partners of Winchester Green Week include WinACC, Winchester BID, Winchester City Council, Winchester Cathedral, Churches Together in Winchester, Learning Through Landscapes and Mimosa Montessori, with loads more putting on events. We’re genuinely growing greener together!