Denton community tackle climate justice

Parishioners and primary school children will come together to celebrate their work for climate justice in a special service at a church in Denton on Friday.

The Parish of St Mary's and St John Fisher will be joined by children from three schools - St Thomas More, St Mary's and St John Fisher - for a service with a difference. 

It's being held on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi and will start at 1.30pm at St John Fisher Church and Garden on Mancunian Road in Haughton Green. 

Martin Higgins, a parishioner of St Mary's and St John Fisher, told the Reporter: "The parish and its schools are taking a number of steps to live more simply and sustainably with the earth, which are set out in its 'Live Simply Plan' which will be launched at the service.

"At the heart of their efforts is the creation of a wildlife garden in front of St John Fisher Church to encourage wildlife, foster prayer and reflection. New borders have been planted with beautiful flowers and shrubs, which are already attracting lots of bees and butterflies and other pollinators."

Parishioners also took part in the recent Denton Carnival, walking with banners and a large image of the earth, to highlight the need for urgent action to address global warming. Other practical actions include a ban on single-use plastics and new recycling initiatives.

Friday's service, which will last for around 45 minutes, will include a blessing of the new garden.

Everyone is welcome to attend, including dogs. Drinks will also be available in the church hall afterwards.

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