O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for the Stewardship of Creation, The Book of Common Prayer
Parishioners, staff, and clergy who are especially interested in finding ways this parish can participate in safeguarding the integrity of God’s creation and renew the life of the earth work together on educational offerings, outreach activities, and encouraging sustainable practices. With the oversight of the vestry, the committee on the stewardship of creation engages parishioners and members of the Richmond community in caring for the earth.Examples of activities that the committee has been or is currently involved in (and you are invited to be involved, too), include:
- Partnerships with Richmond Region Energy Alliance, Sierra Club, and Interfaith Climate Justice Team
- Seasonal “Holy Hikes” at Pocahontas State Park (next one: May 14, 2016)
- Expanding recycling opportunities at the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's, and sponsoring occasional electronic waste recycling
- Earth Day observances and activities (next one: April 23, 2016, at the Farmers Market @ St. Stephen's)
- Tending St. Stephen's garden in Powhatan County to provide fresh produce for clients of our food pantry
- Researching energy efficient options for buildings and grounds in collaboration with vestry
Come to a meeting
The Environmental Stewardship Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. and is open to anyone who would like to attend or contribute. You do not have to be a member to take part. We invite your participation and your ideas for helping the people of St. Stephen’s become better stewards of creation.
The Rev. Weston Mathews // 804.288.2867, x 339 // email