Creation Care News
Earth Month Happenings
Thank you to all who have been reaching out to the Task Force with questions, information on events both during Earth Month and events in the future.
May Upcoming Events
Please join St. Anne’s, Reston, for Garden Sharing Table, May 8. The Good News Gardeners will host a Garden Sharing Table outside the church after services. Bring your extra tomato plants or other seedlings, seeds, potted plants, flowers, herbs, flower pots, garden tools, or whatever to share with other members of the parish. Enjoy some good garden conversation. You may find just the right gift for Mothers Day!
Earth Month Events in Review
There were three events that task force members participated in this month. On April 23, there were events at St. Dunstan’s, McLean, St. Peter’s in the Woods, Fairfax Station, and St. James', Warrenton. Task Force member Nancy Searby lead a Holy Hike that celebrated the Memorial Garden, St. Francis outdoor chapel, a rain barrel and a food garden. St. Peter’s in the Woods celebrated Earth Day in the Woods from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. featuring information tables on native plants, composting, children’s table and the Bluebird nest boxes, in addition to a meditation hike, nature journaling and a bird walk where participants used Merlin ID to listen for and identify birds. On April 24, Rev. Dr. Jean Wright with Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions spoke to the congregation on advocacy in the time of climate emergency to the St. Peter’s in the Woods congregation after the 10 a.m. service. Task Force member, Kathy Ellis reported on their Green Team’s successful E-Car Show which featured 3 hybrids: a Chevrolet Volt, a 2008 Prius, and a 2012 Prius. We had 2 all-electric vehicles: new Tesla and Mini-Cooper.
NetZero Working Group
This working group is nearing the completion of a first draft of a check list that can help churches begin moving towards NetZero. Also being discussed are tools to measure metrics. If you are interested in joining the discussion, please contact us at DOVA.CCTF@gmail.com. The metrics and checklist will be presented to the Bishop for review and approval before these documents will be presented as an addendum to Resolution 6 (R-6) passed during the 227th diocesan Convention last year.
Garden Working Group
The next meeting is May 16 with guest speaker, Lee Hanchey, Community Garden manager at All Soul’s, Mechanicsville. The garden was just celebrated in the local newspaper on its 10th year anniversary. Please visit the Creation Care calendar for the Zoom link.
Task Force Chair Stacey Remick-Simkins will be guest speaker at Trinity, Charlottesville, on May 8, and will be co-presenting with Task Force member Sharon Wayne at St. James's, Richmond, on May 22. If you would like her to visit your parish, please email her at DOVA.CCTF@gmail.com.
The Creation Care Task Force (CCTF) is indebted to Erin Kamran who has helped us manage the CCTF website and worked patiently with us to redesign the site so that it is more useful and easy to navigate. We now have a calendar there that you can check for events and links to those events. Visit our webpages.
In The Garden – Garden Working Group Ministry
February 21, 2022 marked the first meeting of the Creation Care Task Force Garden Working Group facilitated by the Rev. Deacon Courtenay Evans, which was attended by 30 people from around the Diocese. Churches from Reston, Fairfax Station, Earlysville, Charlottesville, Stanardsville, Springfield and Vienna were represented. They hosted their second meeting March 21 and will begin hosting meetings with guest speakers and discussions about best practices. They meet every third Monday night at 7 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, please contact Courtenay Evans. The meetings are posted on our web calendar with Zoom links.
Parish of the Month
The Community Garden at All Souls, Mechanicsville, was featured in the Mechanicsville Local.