3:30pm - 11:00am
Harvest Festival at West Kirby Methodist Church will be a celebration of the restoration and protection of the natural earth. Guest speaker Howard Hutchings of A Rocha UK will speak on Saturday 7th October at 4.30pm on the theme of “Guests on the Earth and Hosts to Each Other” with a Bring & Share tea. Howard will speak again during the 10.30am Harvest Festival service on Sunday 8th October where there will be a collection of food in aid of local charities.
A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural earth. They do this through practical involvement in nature conservation projects and ecological research and campaigning on biodiversity issues. Their dragonfly haven featured on BBC1’s Countryfile in June and they continue to engage with policy makers to support national and international conservation.
Howard Hutchings is a passionate advocate for environmental issues. Having been a Geography teacher, a Countryside Ranger in Delamere Forest and with the YHA in the Lake District, he has seen the impact and consequences of human activity on the environment and the need to change direction. He believes that church involvement on environmental issues provides an opportunity to link both the secular and religious communities in a common cause.
Revd John Barnett, a retired Methodist minister who will be taking part with other church members in the weekend’s activities, said, “If we believe this planet and the living creatures that share it with us are God’s handiwork, then we must accept that we have a responsibility to care for it. The world does not belong to us; we hold it in trust for future generations and ultimately for God.”
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