Churches Together in Chapel Allerton and Meanwood
Our purpose is to unite in acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit ourselves to seek a deepening of our communion with Christ and one another in the Church.
(Taken from extracts of our constitution).
St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton Methodist Church , Holy Trinity Meanwood, Stainbeck United Reformed Church, Meanwood Valley Baptist Church, St John Mary Vianney, Chapel Allerton Baptist Church , and Meanwood Methodist Church
Date of next meeting: Wednesday 6th October 2021.
Churches Together in Chapel Allerton and Meanwood have held a lively and forward-looking meeting as we discussed the possibility of a united response to the current challenge of the Climate and Emergency. We were able to put together a declaration which it is hoped all member churches will agree to so that it can be signed collectively at the CTAM meeting on Tuesday, 29th June 2021 (on Zoom). [The Declaration is now being passed around the churches for signature.] This declaration will commit us to develop an action plan over the next 15 months to consider and improve our environmental impact. We also agreed that we wanted a shared presence at this year’s Chapel Allerton Arts Festival with an environmental theme and to explore how we might make our presence felt in Leeds and Glasgow during the COPT 26 conference in November. Much to think and to pray about. This is the declaration:
Churches Together in Chapel Allerton and Meanwood (CTCAM) Climate and Environmental Emergency
On the basis that:
- The world is facing a severe crisis of environmental degradation and climate change that affects our ability to sustain and enable creation to flourish;
- The main cause of the crisis is human activity;
- The crisis is inextricably linked to global injustices and inequality;
- The crisis indicates a failure of human beings to follow God’s mandate to care for the world and to seek justice among its peoples;
We, the leaders of Churches within Chapel Allerton and Meanwood, publicly recognise on behalf of our communities, a Climate and Environmental Emergency, and commit ourselves to:
- Examining our lives individually and corporately in relation to this crisis, and seeking to live faithfully to God;
- Bringing forward, by September 2022, an action plan to minimise our negative corporate impact on the environment and climate and to help restoration where possible;
- Encouraging our members to make relevant lifestyle changes appropriate to their circumstances;
- Encouraging action on this emergency in our neighbourhoods, workplaces and other spheres of activity;
- Using whatever influence we may have to bring about positive actions by local and national government and by corporations.
Thanks to Chapel A Baptists for their lead and encouragement on this issue.