To inspire you and help you explore and celebrate Creationtide we’ve created liturgies and pulled together examples of services and prayers from across the Church of England. You can find these on the resources page.
In addition to the suggested readings and discussion questions for Creationtide we have created an actions & reflections sheet focused on food to guide you through the season. You can also hear about the impact of climate change across the Anglican Communion through our Letters for Creation project.
If you would like daily reflections sent to you throughout Creationtide you can sign up to the EcoChurch Southwest list. Participants will be sent a message every day with a biblical passage, prayer or reflection, questions and stories of creation care.
EcoChurch have produced resources to help you hold a Green Communion during Creationtide including a communion bread recipe.
For ecumenical material and to join with others across the world in celebrating creation take a look at the Season of Creation site. In 2019, these materials focus on "Bio-diversity - the web of life".
Lastly you can find out more about how to take action on environmental issues and sign up to the quarterly newsletter on our Environment Programme page.
Creationtide is a concept introduced by the late Ecumenical Patriarch, Demetrios I, 1989. Since then, September 1 (chosen because it is first day of the Orthodox ecclesiastical year) has been adopted as the start of Creationtide. This is the season, running to St Francis day on October 4, when churches and congregations are called to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the Earth and for all that lives upon it. Its start and end dates reflect that it is a shared idea between Western and Eastern Christianity.
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland adopted the concept in 2008. In 2016, Pope Francis declared 1 September an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creationtide.
While its adoption was in part driven by the complex environmental crises the human race faces, Creationtide draws on much deeper roots in Scripture and in older Christian traditions of the relationship between God, humanity and the created order.
The timing of Creationtide means it is an excellent way of rooting traditional harvest festivals in wider issues and firm theological ground.