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Creation Care

Creation Care


# Creation Care Updates
Published on Sunday, 27 February 2022 15:00

Creation Care - December 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.


Church Update

Different tree this year?

This year at Christmas, Highfield are supproting A Rocha to plant native trees in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya. This is a rainforest in danger of being cut down for charcoal and pineapples. Their aim is to plant 25,000 trees a year but they need your help! Why not send a present to the rainforest this year by adding a tree or two to your Christmas lists!


Listen In

  • Have a listen to 39 ways to save the planet, for ideas and news on tackling climate change
  • Sleepers Wake is the Archbishop of York’s Advent Book for 2022. It explores the reality of climate change and how Advent is an opportunity for us to wake up, sense the urgency and begin to make radical change.

Make a change

  • Southampton Council has a page on their 'our green city' website, with ideas on how to make a change.  
  • Bitterne Park Stores located in Bitterne triangle, have a wide range of refill products available. At Christmas time they also have Christmas trees available.


Get involved

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - November 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

Climate change is back in the spotlight this November as COP 27 takes places from the 6th - 18th in Egypt. This is a great opportunity to pray that our world leaders would be bold in taking climate change and fulfilling promises they have made. Read more about how you can engage with it at this blog by Tearfund 


Church Update

The climate working group have received the initial report of the energy audit of the church building, so we are now in the process of digesting this and using it to make a roadmap towards being carbon neutral, watch this space!


Listen In

  • Does the climate crisis ever feel unsolvable to you? The podcast series Language of God has a 3 part series that explores this question called Creation Groans


Make a change

  • The Church of England has put together recommendations about how we can make our lifestyles more sustainable - take a look at their suggestions here
  • Take a look at the Retrofit Southampton website for home energy-saving inspiration from other local residents including fitters, installers and home DIY projects. They can also lend monitoring equipment and thermal imaging cameras to help assess your household energy use and where you can make potential savings.
  • The OLIO app seeks to reduce food waste by encouraging neighbourhood food sharing instead of throwing away excess food. Find out more details here on their website and make sure to take a look at their joint 200 Million Meals Campaign video with Fareshare 


Give Thanks

As the autumn leaves begin to show their colours and the weather grows colder why not take time this week to enjoy this change in season and give thanks to God for the beautiful colours and this season of his creation.


Get involved

  • Get creative and get involved with the Church of England and Christian Aid’s Letters for Creation project. A project for all generations to help everyone understand, highlight and act on key issues within the climate crisis. 

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!  



Creation Care - October 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

Listen In

  • The Southampton group Transition is putting on 2 talks at Highfield church centre in October to respond to the energy price crisis. Draughts, Damp and Wellbeing is on Wednesday 5th October at 7pm, and Heat pump and be Merrie is on Wednesday 12th October at 7.30pm. For more details click here

Make a change

  • Have you ever considered the power of your pension? the website make my money matter claims that greening your pension is 21 times more effective at cutting carbon than stopping flying, going veggie & switching energy supplier combined! Pensions are often invested in harmful fossil fuel companies, whereas they can be used as forces for good like clean energy.
  • If you're looking for an alternative to new clothing, but still want good quality, then Joules Reskinned is 100% reused or recycled Joules clothing
  • Have a look at Tearfund's campaign calling on the UK government to ensure climate finance for poorer countries is delivered, or the wildlife trust's campaign to defend nature in light of the governements recent announcements to lift the ban on fracking, change laws which protect nature and encourage farmers to manage land in a nature friendly way.

Give thanks

  • This week the government of Wales voted to end the use of a variety of single use plastic, a big step forward in caring for our world, lets pray for the rest of the UK to follow suit! Click here for details

Get involved

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - September 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

September has many events to join, from a talk on domestic insulation at Highfield church centre by one of our congregation on the 28th September, to the Church of England's 'Season of Creation' webinars, see below for details. 

Which events could you attend and encourage those around you with what you have learnt?


Listen In

  • Have a look at this video and report produced by the Big plastic count - a project which exposed that the UK throws away 100 Billion pieces of plastic per year, with just 12% actually being recycled. There is a petition you can sign and share the video with those around you to highlight this problem

Make a change

  • The recent devestating floods in Pakistan have left millions of people suffering. Sadly these extreme weather events are becoming all the more common due to climate change, and affecting the poorest in our world. Tearfund have launched an appeal to support those in need, could you help financially or prayerfully?
  • Buying second hand clothes is a great way to reduce our use of resources. The online app Vinted is one way to do this, as well as the excellent local charity shops in Southampton.
  • Swapping out single use plastic to reusable glass bottles is a small step to reducing plastic waste. Milk and More is one company that provides home milk deliveries in glass bottles.


Get involved

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - August 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.


We saw the shocking effects of climate change so clearly in the recent UK July heatwave with record breaking temperatures and their consequences. Scientist have little doubt that these extremes are due to human effects on the planet (see BBC article). But these effects are already being faced by communities around the world who often have little resources to cope with them. How will you pray and act to reduce the effects of the climate crisis?

Make a change

  • Have a look at Tearfund's petition to ensure finance is delivered to climate vulnerable communities


  • Following the recent heatwave and extended period of dry weather Hampshire will see it's first Temporary Use Ban since 2012 starting on Friday 5th August in an attempt to protect our rivers and surrounding habitats.  Read this post from the Energy Saving Trust for simple ideas on how you can help to save water at home, can you commit to a long term change?



Get involved

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!


Creation Care - July 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

July Church projects

A few weeks ago on a sunny evening, some of the creation care group and others from Highfield church took part in the nationwide Churches count on Nature, which aims to discover the wildlife in our local churchyards and contribute to national wildlife database. In only a couple of hours,we found 14 species of trees, and over 30 species of plants. We hope this work will go towards improving the biodiversity of the church yard and making more space for nature


Make a change

  • Who gives a crap is a toilet paper company with a difference. They donate 50% of their profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world, and it is all plastic free as well.
  • One of the main features of the BBC TV series "the great british sewing bee" is the transformation challenge. Where sewers take a piece of clothing and transform it into something new, saving on throwing clothes away. Why no learn how to mend and repair clothes rathern than buying new and have a look at this video for ideas.
  • We've been trying to reduce our food waste, some of our favourite ideas are; putting over ripe bananas in the freezer and using them to make banana bread at a later date, making carrot top pesto, using brocolli stalks in stir frys and keeping bread in the freezer so it lasts for longer, if you have any tips, get in touch with the church office and we can feature them here! 



Enjoy Creation

  • Why no get along to the Southampton Big Green event at the Guildhall Saturday 30th July, 11am-3:30pm. This free event, is family friendly and hosts sustainable businesses where you can shop, ask the experts, watch demonstrations and even grab a pre-loved bargain


Get involved

Please get in touch by email at creation@highfield.church if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - June 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.


June Church projects

Members of the creation care group met to review the lighting in the church, with a view to reduce our energy use. Our hope is that we can cut down on lighting parts of the church which are not needed, while maximise the natural lighting in the church.

Caring for God's Acre is a national charity that aims to help people care for church yards and burial grounds. Along with the church of England and Arocha, they are promoting an event called Churches count on Nature, which aims to discover the wildlife in our local churchyards and contribute to national wildlife database. Join us on Monday the 6th of June at 7pm. We will meet at the main entrance, no nature knowledge necessary!

Make a change

  • With the summer getting going and BBQs on the menu, why not try going meat free? Meat has a far higher carbon foot print than eating veggie or vegan. If you need some ideas have a look at this blog post by theonlinegrill.com
  • Fairphone are on a mission to make fairer smartphones which source materials responsibly and advocate for better worker's rights. The phone has modular elements which can be repaired by the user, so avoiding the need for a whole new phone. 
  • If you are keen to cut down on your waste then have a look at the Refill app, this helps by connecting you to places to eat, drink and shop at places with less waste. In southampton we have some fantastic refill shops of our own, Rice Up and Gaia Health Store.


Enjoy Creation

Getting out and about is a great way to enjoy God's creation. Bike week is happening this year from 6-12 June. The local group, Southampton cycling campaign are organising a series of guided rides during this week. Click here for details

If you're a seasoned gardener or just getting into growing, then why not head along to the Plant & seed swap and sale which is taking place at October Books (Portswood) on Saturday 18th June 11am-1pm, and enjoy sharing plants with those in our local community

Get involved

Please get in touch if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - May 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.


May Church projects

The church's ambition to become carbon neutral by 2030 is a big undertaking with such an old building and so many activities and groups. The Energy Audit which will begin in early May is essential to create a roadmap to reach this goal, as it will help us take stock of our current position and ensure we target our resources to make the most effective changes possible.

The Thermostat will remain turned down by 1 degree to 19 degrees during May, a small change but one that will help us all be aware of our impact on creation. We also continue to encourage people to reduce using the South Door to limit drafts and heat loss.


Make a change

  • Lock up your lawn mower for No Mow May. This national campaign aims to allow grass and wild flowers in your lawn to bloom through the month of May, providing essential nectar for hungry pollinators. If you don't have a lawn, why not contact the Council (you can email them: greencity@southampton.gov.uk.) to ask them to support this campaign in our city's parks and green spaces.
  • Got something that needs fixing? Give Southampton's Repair Cafe a try. They can help with a wide range of items and clothing. We have also recently discovered Repairhaus, which is a free repair service that will keep on repairing your Berghaus clothing or equipment as many times as possible, enabling you to reuse and not replace.
  • We want to encourage our whole church family to get onboard with caring for God's creation. The book Kids Fight Plastic is written especially for children and has loads of practical ideas on how to make small daily changes which add up to a big total


Listen in

One of Highfield's Mission partners Arocha are hosting a couple of events in May (both are online and in person) called Responding with Resilience to the Climate Crisis and A new law to combat the ecological crisis? Why not sign-up and see how you can be encouraged, you could even do this with your smallgroup.


Enjoy Creation

  • Planning your summer holiday? Getting away can be one of the best ways to enjoy creation and connect with God. Now that the world is more accessible again, why not reduced your carbon footprint and swap flying for the train. There are many destinations all over Europe and the UK acessible by train, with some beautiful scenery to enjoy enroute - we have found Rail Europe a useful tool for planning journeys abroad. Be inspired by this video by travelspot.

Get involved

Please get in touch if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - April 2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

April Church projects

I'm sure you have seen the recent skyrocketing of energy prices in the news. Our church is not excempt from this and the projections for our energy bills are around set to increase from £14,000 to £32,000! So this seemed like a good chance to take some small steps to reduce our energy bills. In the long run we are working towards being carbon neutral by 2030, and reviewing the heating system will play a large part in this.

  • Thermostat
    • we will be lowering the church thermostat by 1 degree, so come prepared for slightly cooler temperatures
  • South door 
    • In the four weeks running up to Easter we will be trialing closing the south door and only having the West door as access to church to reduce heat loss and drafts in the church. 
    • The south door will be unlocked for fire safety reasons but we encourage you to use the West door if you are able.
  • Church centre heating
    • To help with the effeciency of the church centre the radiator thermostatic valves are being fixed/replaced as needed, to help avoid wasting energy.
  • Cycle parking; 
    • Plans are ongoing to purcahase a cycle rack, we hope to locate this next to the West door by the road which will give the best visibility to improve security and ease of access.

Make a change

  • At this time when household energy is in the headlines, have a look at how green your energy supplier is and if you can make a switch to a more environmentally friendly option. Money saving expert has a guide with some things to consider.

Enjoy Creation

Churches all around the UK are taking action on climate change. Tearfund have made some videos highlighting some of the work that has been done. Have a look here and be inspired by what we could do as a church.

Get involved

Please get in touch if you would like to join the creation care working group or if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!





Creation Care - 27th March

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.


Make a change

  • With spring well on the way can you swap the car for walking or cycling? The city has various 'bike doctors' who will repair and saftey check your bike (usually paying only for parts). There are various drop-in sessions run regualrly all over the city including the Hospital and University. Have a look at myjourneysouthampton and RideRide for details of upcoming events.


March Church projects

  • Energy audit; we are in the process of organising a carbon audit of the church that will take into account all the ways energy is used at church. This will give us the starting point to make a plan for how we are going to reduce our carbon consumption and become carbon neutral by 2030
  • Cycle parking; we are hoping to improve the cycle parking at church, so that it is as easy and convienient as possible to cycle to church. Keep a look out for new bike racks soon


Enjoy Creation

With longer evenings starting today now that the clocks have gone back, how will you make use of the longer evenings to enjoy creation? 


Any Ideas?

Please get in touch if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!




Creation Care - 20th March

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

Make a change

  • Sign up to the Wild Christian blog from Arocha UK, which explores how we can connect our christian faith, the natural world and how we live in it.

  • Lent is a great time to consider making changes to how we live to care for creation, a great resource to help with this is the book Changing the climate, Applying the Bible in a climate emergency. 
  • If you're looking for ways to cut down on plastic and waste in general then why not try one of Southampton's zero waste shops, Lemon and Jinja is based in Romsey with a wide range of food and domestic products, remember to take your own containers to fill up!

March Church projects

  • Energy audit; we are in the process of organising a carbon audit of the church that will take into account all the ways energy is used at church. This will give us the starting point to make a plan for how we are going to reduce our carbon consumption and become carbon neutral by 2030
  • Cycle parking; we are hoping to improve the cycle parking at church, so that it is as easy and convienient as possible to cycle to church. Keep a look out for new bike racks soon

Enjoy Creation

The spring bulbs are getting into full swing all around the city, why not head to Riverside park to enjoy the Daffodils and crocusses. Make some space to let the flowers remind you of God's splendor and glory in creation

Any Ideas?

Please get in touch if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!





Welcome to Creation Care - 13/03/2022

Join us as we care for creation in light of the climate and environment crisis. 

Find updates on the church's progress to become carbon neutral by 2030, and practical inspiration to care for creation in your daily life.

March Church projects

  • Energy audit; we are in the process of organising a carbon audit of the church that will take into account all the ways energy is used at church. This will give us the starting point to make a plan for how we are going to reduce our carbon consumption and become carbon neutral by 2030
  • Cycle parking; we are hoping to improve the cycle parking at church, so that it is as easy and convienient as possible to cycle to church. Keep a look out for new bike racks soon

Make a change

  • Spring is on the way, so why not plan some green projects for where you live? From a small pot to a garden, there are loads of ways to make a space for nature. Click here for some inspiration from Arocha UK. 
  • The Hampshire refillery deliver a range of household products, toiletries and food items straight to your doorstep in reused bottles. You can also become part of the circular economy by leaving out your empty plastic bottles which they will collect, clean and use for other orders - great for the planet and putting your empties to good use!

Enjoy Creation

Nehemiah 9:6 "You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you."

- What part of creation can you praise God for this week?

Any Ideas?

Please get in touch if you have any ideas / ways to link in with our work on creation care, we'd love to hear from you!