Rise to the Moment – Relay to COP26

Following worship the group surrounds the cairn symbolising pilgrimage and the boats representing the challenge of climate justice.

Great excitement when St Andrew’s welcomed the Rise to the Moment walkers to Chesterfield on Saturday 4th September! The Young Christians Climate Network (YCCN) are walking from Cornwall to Glasgow in Relay to draw attention to climate change and the pressing need for climate justice. The young people, and plenty of older supporters, will be presenting their aims at stops along the way and ultimately to the COP26 Conference in Glasgow in November. They are bringing with them a boat (pictured) to demonstrate that we are all in the same storm but we are not all in the same boat. The Relay arrived in Chesterfield on Saturday afternoon 4th September after walking from Huthwaite.  After a welcome from the Mayor of Chesterfield, Councillor Glenys Falconer and her Consort and husband Keith (both members of Rose Hill URC), and a promotion event featuring Toby Perkins MP and the Council Climate Change lead, Amanda Serjeant, in Rykneld Square in front of the Crooked Spire, they came on to St Andrew’s for an evening meal at 7.30pm.  The leaders stayed overnight in our church, sleeping in the meeting room.  Revd Don NIchols led a prayer breakfast at 8.00am on Sunday morning before they set off on the next stage to Sheffield.

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