John Muir Award for our Junior Church

The Junior Church was presented with the John Muir Award at our Harvest Service 2019.

John Muir (1838-1914) was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer. Having been raised in Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland, he moved to the USA with his family aged ten and is remembered for his role protecting the Yosemite Valley in California and helping to establish the world’s first national park system.

The John Muir Trust was set up to defend wild land, enhance habitats for all and to help people connect with nature, even in cities. Its award scheme encourages people to enjoy and care for wild places.

Our Junior Church decided to work towards this award as a way of thinking about and responding to God’s world and our part in it. To earn the award members of the Junior Church have worked together and individually on a variety of activities including:

  • investigating the best wild flowers to grow in the city
  • find out what wildlife these will attract
  • planning a service about the wonder of creation
  • leading the service in people’s homes and in church
  • spending two nights under canvas at Walesby
  • producing a newsletter article about the project
  • litter picking at the Arboretum
  • undertaking other conservation activities

Congratulations to the children and young people of the Junior Church and to their leaders for earning this award.