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Events for September

In 1999 the European Christian Environ-mental Network called for 'a period of celebration of the Creator and Creation' that churches of all denominations would be encouraged to observe each year. Known as Creation Time, this year the period falls across the five Sundays of September.

Supporting the endeavour is Operation Noah, a Christian organisation which provides 'leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change endangering God's creation'. ON's theology think tank has prepared a series of notes to help people who are preaching on the Lectionary for Creation Time 2012. It has tried to relate some of the lectionary readings and collects for each Sunday to themes from its Ash Wednesday Declaration.

The five studies are on the topics of: 'God's gift and our flourishing' (September 2), 'Loving our neighbours' (September 9), 'Repentance' (September 16), 'Listening to the wise' (September 23) and 'Hope in difficult times' (September 30). There is also a general Eucharistic prayer for Creation Time.
The studies are available free on the aforementioned website, along with a number of other resources for churches.


They call it 'A Dragon's Den for Christian innovation'. This month The Mustard Seed Awards, run by Premier Christian Media and the Christian Initiative Trust, will be offering up to £50,000 of investment for initiatives that reach vulnerable people and transform lives.

The judges are looking for originality and innovation in projects that could potentially make a huge difference to those they aim to aid.  The award winners will be individuals passionate about making things happen and who have both entrepreneurial and ambitious spirit to change society for the better.

Siân Edwards, CIT Director, says 'We are looking for exceptional people who understand the power Christians can have in effecting real change, in making things happen and in finding innovative solutions to the problems of the 21st century.  We believe great things can come from small beginnings and that this sort of money can achieve a great deal in the hands of ambitious and determined people.'

Individuals, churches and organisations of all denominations are eligible to apply and applications are particularly encouraged from black, minority or ethnic communities. Applications must be made by September 28 via an application form. More information here.