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Our church has registered with “EcoChurch” – an awards scheme for churches in England and Wales, who want to demonstrate that they care for God’s earth. We want to “go green” in all areas of our church life – from worship to building management, outreach to personal lifestyle.

At District and at Circuit level of the Methodist church we have committed to environmental  policies. Indeed our own church has recommitted through our Green Group to a number of actions (which meets in church every second Saturday morning over coffee) including the following:

  •  We will continue to work towards our Gold Eco award
  •  We will support and promote groups that we are closely linked with such as Fair Trade 
  •  We will continue to host Green Events on our premises as well as have a presence at any such events in the locality
  •  Every week the notices will contain a ‘Planet health’ tip offered by our Green Group
  •  We will hold 8 services per year based on creation spirituality 
  •  We will add a note to our letter which goes out to all preachers requesting that prayers for our planet be included in every service.
  •  We will redouble our recycling efforts both personally and as a church

 All the work we do together will count towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Eco-Church Award.

One aspect of this in which we can all help is what we do to recycle and reuse items. Currently, we have two blue recycling bins in the corridor outside the main kitchen, and a small recycling bin in the kitchen at the front of the church. These bins will take plastic bottles, cans, paper, cardboard (including biscuit boxes when used at coffee mornings).

There are also waste food bins in each kitchen. We urge you to use these bins, and think about what you are binning before it all goes into the land-fill rubbish bin. We will label the bins and put some additional notices in the kitchens to bring this to the attention of those hiring our premises.

In the Church car park we have two wheelie blue recycling bins, 2 wheelie green bins for general waste, and one wheelie brown bin (for garden waste and flowers but NO paper!).  We would ask that you as individuals think carefully about what you can recycle, and also church groups when disposing of items no longer of use. If you have any queries or want help with items that might need to be taken to the Stoke Orchard Recycling Centre, then please see either of us.

We endeavour to purchase environmentally friendly products such as photo-copying paper, and hand towels and toilet tissue, and we intend to extend this to cleaning products as well.

If you have any further suggestions as to how we can avoid waste, please let us know! You may find it interesting to have a look at the Main eco-church website.

We believe we are ready to apply for the Silver Award, but are working towards the next level. With your help we can do it!

Thank you and happy recycling!
            Patricia Turner and Jean Davies

 

GREEN TIPs

  1. Only heat up the water you need in the kettle, you will save water, energy and money! And your water will taste better than if it has been boiled several times.
  2. Turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth!
  3. Recycling – Please note the Vale Wildlife Hospital at Beckford would welcome your old newspapers and stamps. These can either be taken to the hospital (open all the time) or dropped at their shop in the High Street.
  4. Use Eco Friendly Toilet Paper A lot of trees are cut down in order to make toilet paper rolls. It requires at least 17 trees and 90 to92 litres of water for a tonne of paper rolls. As the average person uses 100 rolls in a year, using regular toilet paper is not a sustainable habit. Consumers could use eco friendly toilet paper made out of bamboo. As bamboo grows 39 inches within a 24 hour period , toilet paper made out of bamboo is a much more sustainable option compared to regular toilet paper.
  5. Please pass medication blister packs to Jean Davies along with green and blue milk carton tops – she has a contact in her village.
  6. Empty toothpaste packaging and tubes, and old toothbrushes can be left in containers located at the Town Hall or placed in a paper envelope and posted through the letterbox if closed.
  7. Wash your vegetables into a bowl so you can water the plants with that water, instead of pouring it down the drain.
  8. Upgrade your computer or mobile phone rather than buying new ones. Buy refurbished equipment instead of new.
  9. Don’t let your taps drip; don’t leave electrical equipment on when not in use, and don’t leave it on ‘standby’ either.