St Clements Parish Church became the third Parish in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton to receive the live simply award on the 6 April 2019.
The parish started to work towards achieving the award in 2017. They were inspired by reflecting on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si. They contemplated how they could best respond to the Pope’s prophetic words.
They decided that they wanted to do something practical and the Live Simply Steering Group was born.
Jonathan Inns, coordinator of the group, explained that working towards the award has brought the whole parish together. Both young and old have taken part and all of the Parish has been able to share in the achievement of receiving the award.
The process has raised awareness of green issues and highlighted the benefit of living simply so that others can simply live.
has established a vegetable garden, implemented a recycling scheme and developed
a tree planting scheme for newly baptized children.
Jonathan would encourage other parishes to get involved . He explained that it has been a very rewarding faith, affirming process.
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The Campaigns Team and CAFOD Arundel and Brighton would like to extend their congratulations to Fr Graham, Jonathan Inns, The Live Simply Steering Group and all the Parishioners at St Clements, Ewell on their outstanding achievement in gaining this award. We hope that this will inspire other parishes to follow suit.
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It all began when a small group of St. Clement’s parishioners met to study the papal encyclical Laudato Si. We were inspired by the writings of Pope Francis, who was himself inspired by the life of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.
We reflected on the messages in Laudato Si and considered how we as a community could respond practically to protect our world, act with tenderness to each other and reach out to those in our community in need. We were keen to bring together young and old and encourage those who do not always get involved in the day to day life of the parish.
With the backing of our Parish Priest, Fr. Graham Bamford, and the parish we launched the initiative in May 2017 and were registered by CAFOD as a participating parish on 10th July 2017.
Since then we have
made a Live Simply banner and a special notice board
built a vegetable garden, which has been a great success, despite our very dry summer this year, producing good organic vegetables for sale. The proceeds from the sales went to our Connect 2 Cambodia appeal
made sure that all coffee and tea served at St. Clement’s is Fairtrade. We have purchased recyclable cups and started a compost bin
set up a walking club to encourage spending time together and appreciating our surroundings
held a walk to church weekend encouraging car sharing for those who couldn’t walk
We are now hoping to become the third parish in the Diocese to receive CAFOD’s Live Simply award and we shall be submitting our evidence very soon.
We hope the experience of working towards the award will continue as a positive opportunity for everyone in the parish, young and old, to come together with one goal: to make God known by the way we, as a community, act.
Story: John Farrell, Jonathan Inns and Charlotte Gregory Picture: Charlotte Gregory
CAFOD would like to wish Fr Graham, John Farrell, Jonathan Inns, Charlotte Gregory and all the St Clements Parishioners luck in their forthcoming assessment and to thank them for all their hard work in striving to achieve this award.