Let Justice and Peace Flow” was the chosen theme for the Season of Creation 2023; from the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1st to October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This year’s theme was drawn from the cry of the prophet Amos: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24)

A person standing by a Frieze
Lucy with the finished artwork

Lucy is a student, just starting her second year of Primary school teacher training in Liverpool. She led a series of events during September in her local parish when she was home for the summer. Her focus was on climate action, inspired by the Season of Creation. Lucy picked out the image of a mighty river as the creative focus for her display and led a series of events at the youth group, primary school and the local parish hall. The hands you can see on the photo below were completed by members of the youth group who created a Tree of Life alongside the river with their hopes about climate change.

The sessions were all planned and delivered by Lucy and she enjoyed the opportunities to lead and develop her skills. She created the flyer to advertise the event in the parish hall of St Winefride’s and arranged a number of promotional events to invite people on the day.

Young people working on a Frieze
constructing the river!

Her message to others who are thinking about getting involved with a SPARK event, was to try something new like this. She enjoyed it, and she had learnt “to know her views are important, and that she is listened to”. This was great to hear as this is exactly what the SPARK project is all about.