St Mary’s Church Wendover – Climate Sunday 18 July 2021

As part of St Mary’s participation in the ‘Make COP26 Count’ programme we warmly welcome you to a Special Climate Sunday Event at St Mary’s, Wendover, Sunday 18 July


Climate Sunday Service at 10.30am with guest speaker Jess Hall, Campaigns and Organising Officer at Christian Aid.

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Jess Hall has spent 10 years working alongside churches campaigning on economic and climate justice. She trained in organising and community leadership with her local Citizens UK alliance and spent 2 years in the disability rights sector working on policy influencing, campaign co-production and individual advocacy. Jess loves seeing ordinary people working together for the common good and global justice.

After the service Jess will be running two workshops

At 12 noon Workshop 1

Telling our Climate Stories – when we want to get other people interested in taking action on the climate crisis we can wonder where to start. Telling our own stories can be a great opener, come along and discover your own climate story. (1 hour)

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At 1.30pm Workshop 2

Transformational Conversations – ever wanted to get someone to take action with you – to tackle the climate crisis or just get involved in what’s happening at church? Conversations are the place to start. Discover the power of conversations as we look at a tool from community organising.

(45 mins)

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Bring Your Own Picnic Lunch on Hampden Meadow

Display by Climate Action Wendover (CLAW) – find out about the local environmental action group that is seeking to reduce Wendover’s carbon footprint, while promoting renewable energy, reducing waste, and increasing biodiversity. Take part in their Eco-Pledge and engage in plans for local tree planting.

Display on Eco-Church – St Mary’s is seeking bronze accreditation. What have we done so far and what remains to be done? What would we need to do to achieve silver?

Workshop on The Loving Earth Project: Caring for the World We Love.

Meet members of the local U3A textile group and explore ideas for designing your own textile panel as part of this creative and contemplative response to the climate crisis.

The project celebrates people, places, creatures, and other things that we love but which are threatened by growing environmental breakdown. It offers a way to help people engage creatively and constructively with the issues, without being overwhelmed. It also offers a way to share initiatives and your reasons for taking them with a very diverse audience. Contributors make 30cm square panels out of preferably recycled textile materials.

BBOWT guided walks: Discover the Wildlife of a Country Churchyard

At St Mary’s, Wendover, the conservation areas, ancient trees and mossy tombs are home to many colourful species. Explore the churchyard and the nearby Hampden Pond and Community Orchard with well-known local naturalist John Tyler. Walks start at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and last 45 minutes. Booking essential by emailing

No charge but donations to church funds appreciated.


Activities for Children

Interactive prayer wall using recycled materials

Games led by Surge

Drama workshop for young people at 2pm

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 Wave of Hope project

This year at COP26 in Glasgow, world leaders have a once in a lifetime opportunity to crack the four major crises the whole world is facing; the Covid pandemic, injustice, climate change and nature loss. We all know that we need to stick together when times are tough. By joining Britain’s biggest charities in the Wave Of Hope, you can tell politicians that we want them to work together for a better world. United, we can send world leaders a message they can’t ignore.

The task is simple – draw round your own hands, cut out the shape then decorate it and add your special message.

Free film show in St Mary’s for children of the film adaptation of the Dr Seuss story The Lorax (86 minutes, certificate U) at 4pm

In the walled city of Thneed-Ville, where everything is artificial and even the air is a commodity, a boy named Ted hopes to win the heart of his dream girl, Audrey. When he learns of her wish to see a real tree, Ted seeks out the Once-ler, a ruined old businessman outside of town in a stark wasteland. Upon hearing of how the hermit gave into his greed for profits and devastated the land over the protests of the Lorax, Ted is inspired to undo the disaster. However, the greedy Mayor of Thneed-Ville, Aloysius O’Hare, has made his fortune exploiting the environmental collapse and is determined to stop the boy from undermining his business.

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Free film show in St Mary’s for adults and teenagers of the documentary film ‘Thank You for the Rain’ at 7pm

The multi award-winning film follows Kisilu Musya over 5 years, from small scale Kenyan farmer to climate activist on the global stage. 5 years ago Kisilu started using his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the impact of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see him transform from father, to community leader to global activist.

Thank You for the Rain is an inspiring and captivating tale of an indefatigable optimist, who nonetheless tests his limits in the fight for a greener world. The film is a call to action for all who care about God’s creation and justice for all people.

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