Creationtide / Season of Creation
Creationtide or the Season of Creation is the period in the annual church calendar, from 1 September to 4 October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life.
The theme for the Season of Creation 2022 is Listen to the Voice of Creation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, many have become familiar with the concept of being muted in conversations. Many voices are muted in public discourse around climate change and the ethics of Earth-keeping.
These are voices of those who suffer the impacts of climate change. These are voices of people who hold generational wisdom about how to live gratefully within the limits of the land. These are voices of a diminishing diversity of more-than-human species. It is the voice of the Earth.
The ideas and resources in the 2022 Celebration Guide [PDF] will help you find a way to pray or to hold an event or special service.
>> The launch video for Season of Creation 2022
>> Find out more about the Season of Creation
>> Creationtide information and resources on the CofE website
2022 Season of Creation Logo
The 2022 logo is The Burning Bush
“I have heard their cry…I know their sufferings…Come, now! I will send you…I will be with you” (Ex 3:1-12)
>> Learn more about The Burning Bush logo and download
A prayer for Harvest
we give thanks for those who produce our food:
for farmers and fishermen, factory and shop workers.
We pray for those for whom this has been a difficult year:
farmers who have battled the weather to grow food,
delivery drivers and shop workers who kept working despite the pandemic.
Help us to value and support each other.
In Jesus’ name.
The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2022
Details of the Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2022 will be announced shortly.
Resources for clergy
>> "Thank You to our Farmers" - Arthur Rank Centre
>> Farming Community Network - Harvest 2022
Harvest at Church
Decorate the church, take photos and use on social media/website. Invite people to visit, give thanks, offer a prayer walk around and in church.
Hold a Harvest Festival Celebration in church and, if possible, online using Facebook / YouTube.
Promote The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2022.
Put a banner up outside the church to Thank Farmers.
Encourage schools to engage through art-work and voucher scheme for donations to food banks.
Harvest at Home
Take photos of your own harvest in gardens or the creation enjoyed to display in services, on social media. Link with @dioceseofderby using hashtag #harvesthanks.
Gather pledges on actions people can do to care for creation, e.g. make bird boxes etc.
Make an online donation to The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal and use your social media accounts to promote the appeal across your network.
Play recorded Harvest music.
Host a Harvest at Home meal and offer thanks. Try to use all locally “home grown” food or cook a special meal, and say a special grace.