Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church has paid special attention to the environment and God’s world for many, many years. In 2012, the church became an Earth Care Congregation, through the PC(USA). Every year since then, we have received recertification, which shows the amount of commitment our congregation has shown to caring for God’s Earth. Four categories are assessed for recertification: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Care for the Earth is necessary in all these categories.
The Earth Care Team at CHPC shows care for God’s Creation in many ways. Each spring, the Team helps prepare and lead the worship service for Earth Day. The team sometimes leads church school for both adult and children’s classes. We share articles and writings about the environment.
We supported the Session in its decision to install an automobile recharging station available to members and community in the parking lot. In the past, we have led hikes and other outings for the congregation. We
have supported many organizations such as the Presbyterians for Earth Care and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light.
In the spring of 2022, CHCP sponsored a request to Presbytery asking them to initiate an overture to the 2022 General Assembly. The overture, “The Time is Now to Cherish Creation, Cut Carbon, and Speak Up,” was written by Presbyterians for Earth Care. It was supported by other presbyteries and sent to the appropriate committee of the General Assembly.
To become an Earth Care congregation, the Session must sign the Earth Care Pledge: Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
We extend an open invitation to anyone interested in the environment to join with us. For more information, contact Polly Cushman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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