Church of England’s Lent challenge – 40 small steps and prayers to protect creation

The Church of England has launched its first ever Green Lent campaign today (Wednesday 26th February – Ash Wednesday). The #LiveLent challenge sets out 40 topics for thought – as well as prayers – to help people to explore the theme of ‘Care for God’s Creation’.

Some of the questions explored over the 40 days will include:

  • Could you switch away from harmful chemicals in your kitchen or bathroom?
  • How much water was used to make your pair of jeans?
  • When was the last time you gazed at the night sky?
  • What was the carbon footprint of the meal I just ate?

Calls to action will also include such suggestions as switching off floodlights, turning down heating and planting trees.

Launching the resources, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:

“We urgently need to rebuild our relationship with our planet. To do this, we need to change our habits – in how we pray and how we act.”

“Lent is not just about discipline. It’s about allowing Christ to show us what’s keeping us from loving and serving him – and joyfully letting it go.”

“Whatever age you are, this Lent I hope you’ll engage with God’s plea for us to care for his creation, and that these campaign resources will help you on that journey.”

The #LiveLent resources are available in a booklet, which has already sold nearly 100,000 copies, as well as a free app, via daily email updates or for smart speaker. For more information and to sign-up, see www.churchofengland.org/LiveLent. If you wish to order copies of these books, contact environment@peterborough-diocese.org.uk.

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