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Local prayers for a global climate crisis

With two crucial global summits in the UK this year, we have a powerful opportunity to pray for decisions that create a better world for us all – especially the poorest communities across the world. You can use our Prayer in the Park guide to lift up prayers for the climate in your local park or outdoor space. Join in whenever you like, alone or with others (making sure you follow coronavirus restrictions).

Download the Prayer in the Park guide PDF for prayer points, ideas and stories

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If you'd like to print the prayer guide, you can download our print-friendly version.
You can also download our Welsh prayer guide

Prayer in the Park audio guide

If you'd prefer to listen to prayer prompts as you walk or pause in your local outdoor space, you can use the audio version of the prayer guide below. The seven parts cover the same prayer points as the PDF version of the guide. 

Part 1: Opening prayer

An invitation to pray for the climate. Listen below, or download to listen offline.

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Part 2: Lament

Our world and our neighbours are impacted unequally by climate change. Those who are least responsible are impacted first and worst. Listen below to the story of Orbisa from Ethiopia, or download to listen offline. Afterwards, you can pray this prayer:

Lord God, you made the world and declared it was ‘very good’. And yet, we have not treated the earth and our fellow humans with the care and respect they deserve. We are sorry and ask for your forgiveness. Give us the courage to keep raising our voices about the climate emergency, which affects people living in poverty the worst. And may your Spirit of peace be in the hearts of all people, so that conflicts end in peace, and relationships are restored.
Amen.

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Part 3: Thanksgiving

Spend some time giving thanks to God, appreciating the beauty of your green space. You can use your own words, or this prayer from Rev Cate Williams, Diocese of Gloucester. Listen below, or download to listen offline

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Part 4: Local

Take some time to wander around your outdoor space, thinking about some of the local impacts of climate change you might be facing, and pray for local issues which relate to your environment. Listen below, or download to listen offline.

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Part 5: Church

Listen to this clip of young Christians involved with WeAreTearfund speaking up about the climate crisis. Afterwards, pray for the local and global church's role in tackling the climate crisis. Listen below, or download to listen offline

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Part 6: The G7

Pray for world leaders at the G7 in Cornwall in June as they work together to find solutions and take urgent action. Listen below, or download to listen offline.

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Part 7: COP26

Pray for the world leaders as they gather for the UN climate summit COP26 in Glasgow this November. Listen below, or download to listen offline.

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