Caring for God’s World

World in our handsAs a church we have pledged to do all we can to reduce our “carbon footprint” and promote greater awareness of environmental issues.

We pledge to:

1. Introduce regular “Green Top Tips” in newsletters and communications.
2. Through a recent environmental audit reduce the impact our building has on the environment .
3. Use low energy lighting and reduce emissions from our heating system.
4. Use local suppliers for church events to reduce transport costs and emissions.
5. Reduce water consumption.
6. Re-cycle all waste where ever possible.

A Rocha Eco Award

Our church has gained the Silver Award for it’s environmental credentials. But for the fact that the church building has absolutely no insulation we could have gained the gold award as we made really good progress in all other aspects of the award scheme. We review our progress annually to make sure we maintain our efforts to have as little detrimental impact on the environment as possible.

October.   You may or may not agree with the climate strikes which are happening across the world but without doubt, the younger generations are boldly letting us know how concerned they are at the lack of action by Governments to put in place the ever more urgent action to reduce carbon emissions. Ask yourself the question – what are you doing as a Christian to make a difference?  When our church was working towards our Eco Church Awards, a small group was set up to help steer the church in the right direction. Since those days, so much has happened to increase concern about climate change and bio diversity. The purpose of the church ECO GROUP is to help raise awareness of the actions we as  Christians should be taking.

We have just recalculated out church carbon footprint.

Gas 7.05 tonnes, Electricity 0.53 tonnes, Water .067 tonnes.   TOTAL   7.647 tonnes 

November

With a General Election announced, suddenly the Climate Emergency has climbed up the agenda. All main political parties are saying how real the emergency is and it must (after Brexit) be a matter of great importance. Interesting to note that polls are showing the climate is featuring more amongst the younger generations. They are the ones who will suffer when the older generations are no longer with us, BUT is that a poor excuse for the older ones not doing anything about it themselves?

December

With Methodist Church leaders yet again highlighting the climate crisis here are some suggestions as to how to enjoy a “greener Christmas”

  • Try and source Christmas crackers without plastic gifts, quickly thrown away (why not make your own gifts.)
  • Make sure your wrapping paper is recyclable.
  • Your Christmas cards could be homemade using last years recycled ones.
  • Make sure your Christmas gifts are not yet just more “stuff” which quickly gets discarded. Meaningful gifts like a donation to a homeless charity or a donation to “All WE CAN” to buy bees for a poor family in Bolivia will be just if not more meaningful to the recipient.

Give some thought to the food you eat? Where it has come from and if meat based, how was it fattened up? Has your Christmas Dinner indirectly caused another tree to be felled in the Amazon to make space for yet more palm oil or soya to be grown?

March 2020

A Challenge for Lent

Are you encouraged when people talk about ecology or the climate crisis, or does it make you depressed?  Do you feel there is nothing you can do?

“As we turn to you, creator God, we see the brokenness in creation.
As we turn to you, cosmic Christ, we feel the suffering of humans,
creature cultures and ecosystems.

As we turn to you, flowing Spirit, we cling to the hope that a better world is possible.

As we turn to You, help us to recognise our role in preserving, nurturing, enjoying and celebrating your creation.
God of all things, enable us to use our shared creative energies to build a better world, a safer planet and a sustainable future.

We embrace our part in a movement of creation-love, tackling the causes of human-made climate change, preserving the world’s resources and joining with people everywhere to pray in faith and hope for a grace-filled tomorrow. Amen.”

(Tim Baker, local preacher, Aire & Calder Circuit)
Taken from Methodist Prayer handbook 2019/2020

Our Low Carbon Lent Challenge: Look at the suggestions overleaf and tick all that you are already doing, and all you could commit to do during Lent then put the pledge in the box at the back of church.

As an Eco-Church, we annually monitor how ‘green’ we are, do you?
On Palm Sunday, April 5th, you are invited to come after morning service to a Low Carbon Lunch, (locally made bread and homemade soup) when a short presentation ”tea bags to tetra packs” will be made, giving you new ideas on how to reduce your carbon footprint. We hope you will join in the discussion afterwards.