Originally planned for Creationtide 2022 by Cornwall Churches Environment Group, the Explore Creation on Portreath Beach was cancelled due to the death of the Queen. However, it was agreed to resurrect the idea as a way of celebrating World Environment Sunday, 4 June 2023. With support from people from Falmouth & Penryn Churches Together as well as CCEG and Churches Together in Cornwall, around twenty or so people gathered on a warm sunny beach for an act of creation-centred worship.
Before that, a number of people mucked in to help Andrew Nicholson mark out a labyrinth with the shape of a heart at the centre, symbolic of God’s love for all of creation. George Dow of Green Christian led the act of worship and the songs were ably led by the St Aubyn Singers, who went on to perform a selection of sea-related songs. People were invited to walk the labyrinth and deposit a piece of marine waste at the centre to reflect our impact upon the oceans, and then pick up a stone to carry away to represent our determination to be more caring of God’s creation. Several children enjoyed rockpooling. The event was concluded with worship as the tide washed away the labyrinth and all evidence of our presence on the beach – a most symbolic ending!
picture credits: Revd Andrew Yates, Sue and Roger Mills