Eco Church

St Peter’s is committed to actively caring for God's creation, and reducing our negative impact on the environment. This page hopes to celebrate our achievements as we take action to make our buildings, our churchyard, our worship and our lifestyles greener.

What has the climate crisis got to do with being a Christian?
We believe that God’s creation is a gift that we have a duty to care for and that the wellbeing of all creation matters to God. Acting on climate change is also about loving our neighbours: that means those in other countries, and future generations too. Those who have done the least to cause the climate crisis are already suffering its devastating consequences.
Yet, hope in God motivates us to take action that can lead to transformation. By God’s power at work within us, God is able to accomplish more than we can ever ask or imagine.

Silver Eco Award for St Peter’s
St Peter’s is the proud recipient of new Silver Eco Church award from the national environmental charity A Rocha           

                                       

This award is in recognition of all the work that has gone into making our buildings, our churchyard, our worship and our lifestyles greener this year. As we’ve worked towards this award, some highlights have included:

  • Reading of Dr Ruth Valerio’s book on Creation during and beyond Lent
  • Work by the Youth Group on caring for our world that led to a special all-age service in March
  • Becoming a Fairtrade church, and committing to only buying products that care for the earth and our global neighbours
  • Transforming the churchyard through a Rewilding Project
  • A series of services and activities in September to mark the Season of Creation

“As well as the new meadow, pond, trees, and hedges, we have installed a water butt to top up the pond with rainwater, a huge bug hotel with a sedum roof, plus hedgehog houses and bird boxes.  An area has also been sown with spring flower seed, and later on we will plant snowdrops and primroses. We hope that the garden will be a haven for local wildlife."

"It was wonderful to share in worship and celebration for all of God’s glorious creation. And equally wonderful to see some of the glorious creations of our younger members, such as Joshua’s recycled bird feeder!"

                                                      

Mark Pilgrim says "I’m delighted that we’ve gained a Silver Eco Church award. This award recognises the fantastic efforts made so far at St Peter’s to care for God’s creation, and I look forward to working together to do even more."

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