Cultivating Community: Bike-to-Church Day

Ever try biking in your Sunday best? (www.pedbikeimages.org / Trey Lyons

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays] May is National Bike Month, and this week, in particular, is Bike-to-Work Week. That means that towns and cities across … [Read more...]

The Flourishing Church: Transforming a Church Yard, One Blade of Grass at a Time

by Scot F. Martin Flourish magazine, Spring 2010   “Anti-Christ Turf Monster!” That’s what we’ve dubbed our seven-plus acres of turf grass on the property of Trinity Covenant Church in Livonia, a suburb of Detroit.  (Full … [Read more...]

Wash Those Cars and Keep Creation Clean, Too

Lots of suds might be good for the car, but not creation. (cc image courtesy bark via flickr)

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Summertime is on the horizon, and summertime brings with it that popular Saturday-afternoon, … [Read more...]

Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees at Church

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Arbor Day, being celebrated nationally tomorrow, tends to get lost in all of the hubbub created by Earth Day, … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: Getting the Most out of the Hope for Creation Simulcast

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[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] You’ve probably heard the buzz by now: On April 21, Christian communities scattered all around the world will gather to … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: If you Build a Bird House, the Birds Will Come

Bluebird nest box. (cc image courtesy edgeplot via flickr)

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly church activities, Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] When churches talk about being “seeker-sensitive,” they’re not talking about attracting wildlife to Sunday … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: “Just Drinking” at the Church Coffee Hour

There's a real person behind your coffee! (cc image by Rik Thijssen courtesy farmingmatters via flickr)

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] The coffee hour is a traditional perk of going to church. It means getting to talk to some folks you’ve … [Read more...]

Turn the Lights Down Low and Enjoy the Show: Watching Environmental Films in Church

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] Some movies are church-audience-friendly: Fireproof; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and the Left Behind … [Read more...]

Cultivating Community: Slurp a Little Soup to Help Haiti Rebuild

Conserving the topsoil of Haiti's hillsides provides a foundation for the rebuilding of a country.

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] For the next few weeks, Flourish’s Family Fun editor, Joanna Pritchard, will be in Haiti, using her Haitian Creole … [Read more...]

Extending the Front Porch: How to Host a Church E-Waste Collection Event

Helpful while it lasts, but what do you do with it when it dies?

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] It’s exciting to dream of our churches being, like traditional front porches, intermediary spaces of … [Read more...]

Extending the Front Porch: Is Your Church Ready for a Garden?

[Ed. note: This article is part of our weekly series of church activities, called Cultivating Community, published on Thursdays.] What is so refreshing about sitting on a front porch? It can be the company you’re sitting with, a gentle … [Read more...]

Take One Night to Encourage Hope for Creation

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Exciting news from our friends at Blessed Earth: Largest Faith-Based Earth Day Broadcast Event Announced Wilmore, KY -- One night, one message: The church united. On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the eve of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the … [Read more...]

Church Life Blossoms Through Creation Care

Merry Christmas from Flourish! We’re taking time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the "firstborn over all creation," so in lieu of our regular "Cultivating Community" post, we invite you to enjoy these examples of churches engaging God's … [Read more...]