First Week of Lent- Live more simply so that others may simply live

Reading for the week:

Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience

Prayer for the week

Lord, give me a heart for your people already affected by climate change around the world. Help me to understand their needs and do my part to reduce their suffering, through lifestyle choices and political action.

Actions for the first week of Lent: Reduce, re-use, recycle 

Sunday 17th of February : Compost. Put the nutrients from food waste back into the soil – not into a methane-emitting landfill.

Monday 18th February: Re-use an item you would have thrown away – whether that’s jam jars, envelopes or ice-cream containers. Choose a vegetarian dish for today.

Tuesday 19th February: Avoid buying products that have lots of packaging. Choose loose products and buy refillable containers where possible.

Wednesday 20th February: Go through your clothes cupboard and give away any unused clothing you haven’t worn for more than a year

Thursday 21st February: Organise recycling at your church or office

Friday 22nd February : Make do and mend. Do you have clothes you could wear longer if you gave them a little TLC? Spend some time doing some sewing and mending. Eat fish today!

Saturday 23rd February : When you do your grocery shopping, buy simple foods and purchase some items to give away to those in need.