June 19

 

The Vicar writes…

It would be fair to say that in the churchyard now, thanks to our grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the hard work of the PCC and Valley Heritage, we can finally see the wood for the trees!


This month, a volunteer project to rebuild one of the dry stone walls commences. In July work will done on 8 memorials which are most in need of repair, and later in the year the woodland management program will commence. There are various workshops taking place to give people new skills. Heritage research is ongoing by various people.


In April, John Lamb from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust conducted the first survey of the churchyard and noted 103 different species of trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and wildflowers! There will be 2 further surveys by John throughout the year as well as opportunity for others to be involved. A “bat walk” will take place on 2nd July at 9.30pm, using bat detectors with a second taking place in August.


The way in which we speak of the churchyard is changing – it has gone from being a problem and a drain to being a resource to encourage our care for the world around us, a creative opportunity and a connection with the local community.


As part of our learning about the land around us and our commitment to care for God’s creation, the PCC have asked a small group of people to conduct an Eco Church Survey for us to assess what we are doing well and where we could do better in being environmentally friendly. The results will be brought to the next PCC meeting and from there on we can see where we are and how we can improve and learn more.


The 5th mark of mission (the ways in which we communicate and share the love of God in the world) is "To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth". Our churchyard project is helping us to begin to do that, as well as to build up our relationships with our neighbours and safeguard the history and heritage entrusted to us.


Please continue to pray for this project and speak with me if you would like to be involved!


With prayers and best wishes,


Mother Penny


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