A Green Lent:
A Grassroots Approach to Climate Action
Southminster United will be celebrating a green Lent this year, and is welcoming all to join in.
Traditionally in Christendom, Lent has been a time to reflect and prepare for Easter. Most associate Lent with giving up chocolate, for instance, as a way to identify with the sacrifice that Christ made for all. At Southminster, we’re giving up single-use plastics, as an approach to end pollution. This will be part of a broader Lenten theme, focused on the environment and the use of plastics. Check out the events below.
Reusable Produce Bags and Beeswax Wraps – (During February)
Members of Southminster will be busy producing reusable produce bags. These are meant to replace single-use, non-recyclable plastic bags found so pervasively in our supermarkets. Members will also be participating in an in-house workshop on how to make beeswax wraps. These products will be on display and for sale during the Green Lent Sunday Worship Series.
Southminster will also be offering a beeswax wrap workshop in March, which will be open to the community. Stay tuned for more details.
Green Lent Sunday Worship Series - March 1 to 29
While the Lenten Series will be rooted in a biblical-theological theme of creation, the environment and stewardship, each Sunday service (10:30 a.m.) will incorporate a specific topic, including:
Plastics in our oceans: a case study on our obsession with plastic;
The need for dramatic reductions in supermarket plastics usage;
Practical suggestions on how to reduce the use of single-use plastics; and
Alternatives to plastics typically found in households, particularly cleaning and personal care products.
Coffee Hour (Following Worship Service each week)
Please also join us for coffee hour each week, where you will have the opportunity to share and discuss the environment themes covered during worship service. Coffee hour will showcase, amongst other things:
A table with various plastic alternatives on display and for sale, including the produce bags and beeswax wraps made by members of Southminster United Church;
A visual display and exhibit on plastics and the environment; and
Refreshments and baked goods.
The Play "12" - March 29 (During Worship)
Southminster will conclude its Lenten programme on March 29, with this play by Kristina Watt, Artistic Director and Founder of 100 Watt Productions. An award-winning theatre artist, Kristina’s many works involve youth, and are inspired by her passion about nature, our planet and our relationship to it. The theatre production "12" is such an example (view trailer). The play is performed by and about young people giving them a voice in the current climate crisis.
The play has been performed in several venues, including the Great Canadian Theatre Company, and was recently featured in the Ottawa Citizen.
“12” is a fantastic performance about our planet, and what our young people are trying to tell us about it. -Brigitte Pellerin, Photographer/Journalist (Ottawa Citizen)
Upcoming Workshops & Sewing Bees