Caring for God’s creation has never been more important as we see the devastating effects of climate change all around us. So as part of the Church in Wales’ drive to reduce its carbon emissions, we are supporting the Eco Church initiative run by the A Rocha organisation. All six of the St Asaph dioceses are now registered as Eco Diocese and we have 28 awards, either Bronze or Silver, altogether. These show the practical work churches are doing to care for the environment.
Please visit the Church in Wales' website for further information: https://www.churchinwales.org.uk/en/about-us/our-campaigns/environment/. Alternatively, please contact the Admin Office for further information be emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In our worship, we have special services which are centred on caring for God's Earth including Environment Sunday and Rogation Sunday.
We readily pray for the environment and environmental issues are regularly preached on. our Facebook page and magazine contain regular items and we are committed to working towards Eco Church awards.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we are exploring different ways in order to effectively achieve this, including finding a green energy tariff and renewable sources, changing to energy efficient lightbulbs, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, locating and utilising recycling facilities, and encouraging members of the congregation to lift share, or to travel to church by foot, bike or public transport.
The local primary school, Southdown, has joined with us in a project to make bug hotels and birdboxes for the churchyard.
We have created a small garden in the front of the church with wildflowers, we have planted native trees in our churchyard, and we avoid the use of pesticides and chemicals.
We are a Fairtrade church and use Fairtrade products, host Fairtrade sales and encourage engagement as far as possible.
Furthermore, we are involved in community groups within Buckley, including the Fairshare Network. We are working to establish a weekly fridge project to reduce food waste by encouraging donations of surplus and fresh food nearing its sell by date.
We have appointed an environmental champion. We actively work to encourage members of the congregation to be mindful in their approach to recycling, reusing and considering the environment in their day-to-day lives.
Members of our congregation are encouraged to lift share, or to travel to church by foot, bike or public transport.
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