St Giles' Church, Cropwell Bishop have been working hard on biodiversity in their churchyard. 12-year-old Alex has been leading the way. He has made a box for tawny owls from recycled wood and painted it. With 1 in 7 of the UK’s wildlife species is at risk of extinction, churchyards are important habitats. Across England, it is estimated that 10,000 churches have churchyards. That’s the area of a small national park. It’s a precious resource which can make a huge difference to

The Diocesan office, Jubilee House, has just received its’ Silver Eco award from A Rocha UK as a result of our work to improve biodiversity in the grounds. It was only a few months ago that our office received the Bronze level Eco award. Spurred on by this, our team have been busy installing bird feeding, bug, and hedgehog stations on the land around the office. We are delighted that Jubilee House has received its’ Silver Eco award!

Today is Rogation Sunday – a traditional service that asks for God’s protection of the agriculture industry, livestock, and crops. In England, it occurs during the planting season. The three days following are considered Rogation Days, where Christians are encouraged to fast and pray ahead of Ascension Day. The tradition involves the incumbent walking the boundaries of the parish – which called “beating the bounds” – praying the Great Litany as well as psalms and asking for God‘s blessing for well-being

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