Rise to the Moment

Cath and walkers setting off A group of Christian pilgrims, including URC Mersey ministers Cath Atkinson, Diane Barrow and Moderator Geoff Felton, walked from around Merseyside and gathered at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool to pray and campaign for change around environmental and climate issues. The event was part of a national relay in preparation for COP26, organised by Young Christian Climate Network. https://www.yccn.uk/

Geoff, Diane Barrow and Cath at Liverpool Cathedral. The paper prayer boats were presented there and will be taken up to Glasgow for a prayer installation.Cath explained, ‘In support of climate justice, eight walks were arranged across Merseyside over two days in October. Over 50 churches engaged with the campaign and more than 200 walkers joined in across two days; thousands of prayers were carried, some wheeled in trollies as there were too many to fit into backpacks – wonderful! It was great to make new friends and chat along the way, knowing that others also were walking to show their support.

‘We set off from Ormskirk Street URC (Marie Rimmer MP, pictured above right with walkers,  offered words of support before we began). The walks went well and it was great to see so many walking to show their support.

There are still things we can do:

  • Pray – that world leaders at COP26 might commit to bold action.
  • Work towards becoming an eco-church.
  • Continue with our small actions that together can make a big difference.'

 Prayer boat at Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral

 Walkers including Cath

 Another group of walkers including Geoff


Illustrated Talk

Ocean Measurements for Climate Science (“the 30 years are up”)

An illustrated talk by Dr Brian McCartney at Heswall URC on Friday 22 October, starting at 7pm. Free entry. Find out more (pdf)