Earth Day began in 1970 in response to growing concern about the effect of industrial pollution on human health, as well as on our air, water, plants and animals. As more faith communities got involved, Earth Sunday became an opportunity to give the observance a spiritual lens, recognizing the Earth as God’s Creation. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (100 Pinehill Road, Bedford) invites you to Earth-centered activities beginning on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, and continuing through Thursday, April 28. All these events are free and open to all. For more information, please send an email to: [email protected] and check our Facebook page
Friday, April 22 – Noonday Prayer for the Earth, 12-12:30pm (on Zoom)
Coordinated by Interfaith Power & Light (IPL), this is a nation-wide call for local observances of prayer on Earth Day and marks the beginning of Faith Climate Action Week. We will use the Noonday Prayer service in the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer with additional prayers and readings, including the IPL National Climate Prayer for Earth Day. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.
Saturday, April 23 – Composting Fair, 11am-2pm (Bedford Public Library grounds)
St. Paul’s is proud to co-sponsor this educational event, along with other civic groups and several town departments. Come for live demonstrations of composting techniques, tips on reducing trash, ways to work together to address climate change, and more. There will be lots of activities for kids, including building a composter, seeing worms up close, and maybe a photo-op with a giant worm!
Sunday, April 24 – St. Paul’s Earth Sunday worship service, 10-11am
(in-person and live-streamed on YouTube).
Our regular worship service (also on YouTube) will be enhanced by Creation-focused music, prayers and sermon. The service will heighten our awareness of and appreciation for God’s Creation and our responsibility to it. There will also be a “Blessing of the Bikes and Helmets,” in observance of “Bikes to Service Day.”
Thursday, April 28 6-8:30pm – Film viewing & discussion (in-person only)
How can we bring accountability to the climate crisis? Youth v Gov, an award-winning film, shows the power of young people to lead the way. See the trailer here. This inspiring story of youth activism documents 21 activists from across the nation as they file a groundbreaking lawsuit (Juliana vs the United States). They argue that the federal government has endangered their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by helping to create the climate crisis and then failing to adequately address its impact. Thanks to Interfaith Power & Light and Barrelmaker Productions, we are able to show the film without charge. Light refreshments will be served. To help us plan, please RSVP to [email protected] if you are interested, even if you can’t commit for certain.