What is ECO Church ?
ECO Church is a scheme that helps us to identify how we can care better for God’s earth across the following 5 key areas of Church Life:-
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
As we do more in each area, we build up points towards an award. To help us focus more on the environment and work towards gaining our bronze award, we have established an ECO Group. We meet around once every 6 to 8 weeks and would love to welcome new members.
Find out more at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/
This autumn we will be holding 2 evening meetings open to anyone to attend:
- Tuesday 15th October at 7:30 PM. St Andrews Church, Barnt Green
Film Evening showing “Before the Flood”. This features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, travelling to five continents, and the Arctic, to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests while he searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.
- Monday 28th October at 8:00PM. Parish Centre behind St. Andrews Church, Barnt Green
An Evening with Tony Miller – Worcestershire Council Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment. Tony will talk about the county’s environmental activities including Waste (what we do with it and what the council does with it), Biodiversity, Pollinators and Partnership Working (e.g. Worcester Wildlife Trust).
Zero Waste – Vegan Friendly Shopping
Seasonal fruit an Vegetables
Eating UK grown seasonal fruit and vegetables is a great way of reducing your carbon footprint and is much tastier too. August and September are great months for vegetables, salad and fruit – too many to list them all here. Some to look out for
- Broad and runner beans
- Cabbage of many types
- New potatoes and start of the main crop
- Lettuce of many types
Click here for a full list or see the notice board in the Parish Centre Lounge.
Locally grown fruit and vegetables can be purchased at the following Farmers Markets:-
- Droitwich Spa – Victoria Square, WR9 8DS – 6th Jul, 3rd Aug, 7th Sep (Vines Park tbc) , 5th Oct, 2nd and 23rd Nov and 7th Dec
- Webbs of Wychbold – WR9 0DG – 13th Jul, 10th Aug, 14th Sep, 12th Oct, Sun 10th Nov, 14th Dec
Creation Time Sermon – Jeremy Kidwell
Jeremy Kidwell was our visiting speaker during Creation Time in the autumn last year. If you missed his sermon or would like to listen again, you can find it by clicking here.
To help understand the relative impact that each of us has on our changing climate and how we can reduce this, we are encouraging everyone to complete a carbon footprint calculation. There are various different versions available. Two examples to try are:-
https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ quick and straightforward from WWF (note does not work in some browsers)
https://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx more accurate but much more time consuming.
Links to some resources that might be of interest:-
- ECO Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
- Church Care : Shrinking the Footprint http://www.churchcare.co.uk/shrinking-the-footprint The C of E national program to address Climate Change
- Operation Noah http://operationnoah.org/ – a Christian charity working to inspire action on Climate Change
- https://www.carbonbrief.org/ – A UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy
- https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Climate/Climate-Change – CAFOD on Climate Change
- https://www.kathyjetnilkijiner.com/united-nations-climate-summit-opening-ceremony-my-poem-to-my-daughter/ – a poem from the 2014 UN climate summit opening ceremony
- https://350.org/rise-from-one-island-to-another/ – a moving poem about the impact of Climate Change on two islanders from opposite ends of the earth