Introduction and welcome
You are most welcome here among us. Why don't you come in and stay a while?
Let me tell you something about our home. Our home is an echo of our planet. It provides for our needs, with clean air, fresh water, places to sit, breathe and know God. It is where we share food, fruit of the earth and work of human hands. It is where we do no harm, taking nothing from the planet that we cannot put back, whether through recycling, re-using, or re-creating what we have taken out. Our home gives us what we need, but we must also give back or it will wither and die.
There are various aspects to the spaces within our home. The fifth ‘mark’ of mission tells us that we should care for God’s creation and that we should respect what God has made and work actively to sustain and renew the earth. So within our home there are spaces dedicated to understanding more about conservation, spaces dedicated to renewal, recycling and sustainability, spaces where we can think about and repent of environmental damage and over-consumption and spaces dedicated to understanding God’s work in creation more clearly.
Welcome, friend and pilgrim. You are most welcome here among us. Wander where you will. Ask questions. Think, share and experience in our company.
Questions to consider before you enter
You must decide if you really want to explore this house and its various spaces. Here are some questions to help you prepare:
- Do I want to know more about taking care of God's creation?
- What thoughts and ideas, actions and plans will I be taking with me?
- Am I prepared to have my thoughts and my lifestyle challenged and changed?
- What do I expect to hear? What do I expect to see?
- What would I most like to learn?