Mark #5: Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth
We are to care for everything that God has made because He has entrusted it to us. We also see our creator God revealed in it. Your projects for this Mark will give you opportunities to worship your Creator in His awesome creation. You’ll also grow in your awareness of environmental issues and take steps to better care for the world that God has given us.
By helping to plant trees today, we served others.
By lightening the job load of the workers, we helped to keep God’s creation beautiful and flourishing.
By serving the staff, we were able to serve the community.
By giving back to the community, we are giving to God and pleasing him.
For what we give to others, we will be rewarded in the end.
– Reflections from Waiapu youth on their caring for creation experiences
Caring for Creation Resources
Here are some resources and ideas to help you and your mentor understand this mark and come up with your projects. Keep checking in – we will be adding more soon!
- Ecological Footprint Calculator
- Carbon Fast
- Bird Survey
- St Francis of Assisi
- Keep New Zealand Beautiful
- Green Anglicans
- Department of Conservation
- Forest and Bird
St Francis Award
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1 (NIV)