Here are 10 ways to make Earth Day a church day for your congregation, small group, or family.
- Ask your Sunday school class or small group to study and discuss a Bible study on creation care. Talk about how your church can take a leadership role in caring for creation.
- Organize a trash pick up before or after Easter celebrations.
- Encourage a children's Sunday school class to plant a tree on church property.
- Commit to leading a Sunday school class to study what scripture has to say about caring for the earth.
- Dye Easter eggs using natural dyes such as beets, turmeric, or coffee boiled in water. (Additional recipes can be found on my blog.)
- Candy advertising during the Easter season ($90+ million) is even greater than the weeks leading up to Halloween ($61 million). Consider substituting candy in easter baskets for coupons for rewards such as "lunch date with mom or dad" or "get out of one chore free."
- The average shopper who celebrates Easter spends more than $135 on the holiday. Cut Easter spending in half and donate the savings to nonprofit organizations that promote good stewardship of the Earth.
- Get up early for a sunrise Easter service and celebrate outdoors. It is our favorite worship service of the year, when we feel most connected to God's creation.
- Instead of Easter lilies, purchase a small azalea or pot of pansies that can be replanted outdoors.
- Take an inventory of the "tech-gods" in your life and consider taking a fast from email, TV, cell phones, or Internet shopping not only on Easter, but every Sunday throughout the coming year. Taking a true day of rest will change your relationships with God, family, and friends -- a gift you can open 52 times a year.
Nancy Sleeth is the author of Go Green, Save Green, the first faith-based practical book incorporating creation care principles into every area of our daily life. After a faith and environmental conversion experience, the Sleeths and their two children got rid of half of their possessions, cut their energy use back by more than two-thirds, and moved to a house with the same footprint as their old garage. The Sleeths reside in Lexington, Kentucky.