Hear ye, hear ye…
Great Shelford Free Church’s Eco Festival on Saturday 28th September!
Did you get that? We’re a church and we’re planning an Eco-festival! But you may ask, why is the church leading this? A good question. At GSFC we believe that God created and designed the whole earth. This includes both people and the planet. As Christians we believe God cares for what he has made. He cares for you and me, but He also cares for the planet. As a result, care for people and the planet should be integral to our faith and it is right that Christians should be working at the forefront of both. This is our response to His love for us and this Eco fest is our next step in a journey that we’ve been on over the last 2 years, building on the bronze Eco-church award last summer.
The event will take place on Saturday 28th September between 10am and 2pm with free entry. It will be a family event, open to all, and we hope to have information, stalls and activities covering a wide range of topics, including Nature, Food, Clothing and Lifestyle. It promises to be an action-packed, fun-filled time where we can enjoy and learn about the environment so please do come along. We will then be holding a Harvest-themed Church Service on the Sunday 29th September at 10.30am which, again, is open to all, with a simple lunch afterwards.
Living sustainably is complicated. I can’t dispute that it feels like a minefield. But this is not an excuse to be passive. Nor is it a game of one-upmanship about our “green deeds”. One of my favourite and most motivating quotes is from Dave Bookless who says, “God made a world in which nothing is wasted, and we dishonour Him if we are careless with what He has made”. God’s narrative of love over his creation does not condemn, but should encourage us to lead better lives in a way that protects people and resources for the next generation.
So please come and join us on the 28th. Be inspired by the example of others. Learn about the wonderful work of some local organisations. Share some of your own ideas. Buy some local and ethically-sourced food and most importantly, have some fun. See you there!

Chris Smith,
Deacon, GSFC



Iris Considine, 12/08/2019