Call to action as Lent begins this week

“Switch off the floodlights”, “turn down the heating” and “plant a tree”. All calls to action as part of the Church of England’s first ever Green Lent campaign which began this week.

As Lent begins today conversations around the country will pose the question: “what are you giving up?”

And while people may traditionally give up just one thing for Lent, this year the Church of England’s #LiveLent challenge sets out 40 challenges, topics for thought and prayers to help those taking part along the journey of Caring for God’s Creation.

Launching the resources, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “We urgently need to rebuild our relationship with our planet. To do this, we need to change our habits – in how we pray and how we act.

“Whatever age you are, this Lent I hope you’ll engage with God’s plea for us to care for His creation, and that these campaign resources will help you on that journey.”

At St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, this theme is also being explored in a series of Friday lunchtime talks, Sunday sermons and Tuesday evening presentations and discussions. For full details see

The #LiveLent resources are available in a booklet, which can be purchased from the Cathedral Shop.

For more information and to sign-up see

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