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EcoChurch - Community & Engagement

 

Ecochurch LogoCommunity and Global Engagement

Many opportunities for community engagement such as lunch club and village litter picks disappeared with COVID although others occurred including helping with the Milton COVID Support Group. Members of the congregation volunteer on local conservation projects. 

Whereas we support overseas mission we have not to date as a church supported overseas environmental projects financially or in prayer apart from twinning our toilets.

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Lifestyle

Ecotips in Church News have encouraged readers to think about the effect of their lifestyle on the environment including limiting plastics. The new cycle rack enables those who cycle to church to leave their bikes safely.

 

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EcoChurch - Buildings & Land

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Members of the team have been asking questions of the churchwardens, administrators, and others to find out what is being done to limit the environmental impact of the church buildings including the church, church hall, office and rectory.  

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The church is a listed building which limits what can be done to insulate the building. However it does have low energy lighting.

The church hall is double glazed and has some insulation. Users are reminded to switch off lights and take other energy saving steps.

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The rectory is a fairly modern building with double glazing, loft insulation and low energy lighting.

 

 Members of the Ecochurch and gardening teams have been working together to start monitoring the wildlife in the churchyard and devise a management plan which takes into account the needs of people while encouraging wildlife. Bees regularly visit the wild flowers which have been left to bloom and a young grass snake has been seen.

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EcoChurch - Worship & Teaching

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The church has a long history of celebrating harvest and occasionally using worship songs celebrating God’s creation. Since starting on the Ecochurch journey environmental issues have featured more in services including a Climate Sunday service in September 2021 linked to COP 26.

 

 

COP 26 - the UN Climate Conference

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In the run up to the conference held in Glasgow last year the church held a Climate Sunday service, prayed for the leaders attending, set up a prayer room using material from Tearfund to raise awareness of the effects of climate change on different communities and encourage prayer for affected populations.

We also wrote to as many individual world leaders as possible urging them to agree an approach, which would address the climate issues by reducing carbon dioxide in the air to 1990's levels.  In the end we wrote to 118 of 232 leaders identified including a variety of people such as Prince Charles and the Pope and had replies from 14.  Unfortunately, most of the replies were along the lines of "We take climate change seriously." which is good but there was no commitment to doing anything concrete.  The most hopeful reply was from Justin Welby, who has since formed a climate alliance with other religious groups and initiated a campaign to make the church of England carbon neutral by 2030.  We don't pretend that our writing to him affected any of this in any way, but it certainly won't have hurt.

 

COP 15- the UN Biodiversity Conference

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The week before this conference, one of our members outlined the importance of protecting biodiversity during a service and asked for prayers that the delegates would reach agreement and their governments would abide by promises made.

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EcoChurch program

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Ecochurch is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. Bishop Usher, the Anglican lead bishop for climate and the environment in a recent talk encouraged churches to take part in the scheme, not as an end in itself but, as a focus. At All Saints we started the process in 2020 registering the church and starting the survey which is in five parts: Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community and Global Engagement, and Lifestyle. Since then a small team has been looking at what the church is doing in these areas and in May 2022 achieved the standard for the Ecochurch Bronze Award.

To find out more follow the links below

EcoChurch - Worship & Teaching aspects

EcoChurch - Church Buildings & Land

EcoChurch - Community & Global Engagement

 

More information about Ecochurch is at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

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