Join us in our Slow Lent Challenge

Slow Down, Save the Planet gives you a daily challenge, prayer or reflection. Some might need you to plan ahead, so you can download the whole booklet as a pdf, or click on the dates below to see the challenge.

Daily Challenges

Wednesday 26th Febuary


It's Ash Wednesday - Attend an Ash Wednesday service at a local church.




Thursday 27th February


Look ahead through the activities and book into a Quiet Day or event.




Friday 28th February


Read Luke chapter 13 verses 6 - 9, then read the reflection 'Let Alone For One More Year' (which can be found here)




Saturday 29th February


It's Leap Day! Try eating only Vegetarian or Vegan meals today to celebrate lambs leaping.




Sunday 1st March


Feast Day - Invite others to share a meal with you.




Monday 2nd March


Turn off and unplug all unused power sockets, thinking especially about devicies on standby and phone chargers.




Tuesday 3rd March


Find out more about the work of Christian Aid, particularly their work tackling climate change. www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/climate-change-campaign




Wednesday 4th March


Turn your heating down by 1 degree. Over a year, this could save you 10% on your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions.




Thursday 5th March


Pray a prayer of Thanksgiving for Creation. If you'd like help, you can find a prayer at here




Friday 6th March


Read Matthew chapter 19 verses 13 - 15, then read the reflection 'A Little Child Will Lead Them' ( which can be found here).




Saturday 7th March


Today is The Joint Public Issues Team Conference - Renewal and Rebellion Book a ticket to attend ( www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/conference2020) If you can't make it, watch the live stream or pray for those attending




Sunday 8th March


Feast Day - Enjoy some time today in a green space, it could be your garden, a local park or go out into the countryside.




Monday 9th March


Take time to go to a local coffee shop and drink in rather than take away.




Tuesday 10th March


Read Luke chapter 15 verses 11 - 32, then read the reflection 'The Prodigal Son - A Retelling' (which can be found here)




Wednesday 11th March


Find out more about Operation Noah. www.operationnoah.org




Thursday 12th March


Look at the cleaning products you use - could you find more eco-friendly ones? Or ones that use less single-use plastic?




Friday 13th March


Pray a prayer for the whole world to commit to caring for Creation. If you'd like help, you can find a prayer here.




Saturday 14th March


Make a Bug Hotel. Workshop will be run at Chapel in the Fields ( www.chapelinthefields.org.uk) at 10am, 12noon and 2pm. Contact email tcitf15@gmail.com to book. If you can't get to the workshop, you can find instructions here.




Sunday 15th March


Feast Day - Prepare all today's meals from locally sourced produce.




Monday 16th March


Find out more about Friends of the Earth. www.friendsoftheearth.uk/climate-change




Tuesday 17th March


Don't use your car today - go by foot or use public transport.




Wednesday 18th March


Pray a prayer for Climate Refugees. If you'd like help, you can find a prayer here




Thursday 19th March


Go litter picking - fill a bag from local streets. See if you can recycle any.




Friday 20th March


Read John chapter 19 verses 26 - 27, then read the reflection 'Jesus says 'I Thirst'' ( which can be found here)




Saturday 21st March


Plant a tree or shrub in a garden.




Sunday 22nd March


Feast Day - It's Mothering Sunday - give someone Fairtrade Chocolate.




Monday 23rd March


Research a renewable energy supplier for your home and/or church.




Tuesday 24th March


Read Genesis chapter 1, then read the reflection 'Created for Relationships' (which can be found here)




Wednesday 25th March


Have a clear out - take one bag of unwanted items to a charity shop.




Thursday 26th March


It's Presbyteral Synod - Challenge your minister to go by Public Transport or car share.




Friday 27th March


Find out more about the work of Greenpeace. www.greenpeace.org.uk/challenges/climate-change




Saturday 28th March


Attend the Quiet Day at Chapel in the Fields ( www.chapelinthefields.org.uk). Email tcitf15@gmail.com to book If you can't attend, spend an hour in silent reflection at home.




Sunday 29th March


Feast Day - It's Passion Sunday - Spend the afternoon reading a book.




Monday 30th March


Spend some time today counting your blessings, thanking God for every good think that has happened in the past weeks.




Tuesday 31st March


Read Mark chapter 6 verses 31 - 44, then read the reflection 'The Bread of Life and the Breadless Life' (which can be found here)




Wednesday 1st April


Find out more about the work of Christian Climate Action.
www.christianclimateaction.org




Thursday 2nd April


Look at how you can be an Ethical Consumer. www.ethicalconsumer.org




Friday 3rd April


Attend the Slow Down for Lent Open Mic evening at Chapel in the Fields . Book tickets here If you can't make it, spend some time listening to your favourite music.




Saturday 4th April


Do a virtual prayer walk. In your imagination, walk to your church and pray for the places you go past – the businesses, schools, churches, playground. Pray for homes, people who work in the area.




Sunday 5th April


Feast Day - It's Palm Sunday - plant some seeds for Spring.




Monday 6th April


Spend some time praying for Local Councillors and other decision-makers as the respond to new situations.




Tuesday 7th April


Read the reflection 'A Litergical Perspective on Climate Change' (which can be found here)




Wednesday 8th April


Pray a prayer of repentance over your misuse of Creation. If you'd like help, you can find a prayer at here




Thursday 9th April


Today is Maundy Thursday - give some money to an ecological charity of your choice.




Friday 10th April


It's Good Friday - reflect on how you could change your habits following the actions you have taken through the Slow Lent challenge.




Saturday 11th April


Have the day off from Slow Lent challenges.




Sunday 12th April


Celebrate Easter by giving someone a Real Easter Egg. www.meaningfulchocolate.co.uk/collections/real-easter-egg





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