Eco Church

St Andrew’s URC has registered as an Eco Church, and begun a journey to reduce our carbon footprint and bring our concern for God’s good Earth into all aspects of our church life.

Our draft Environmental policy statement is available for guidance and comment.

Environmental policy for St Andrew’s URC v.0.2

‘Eco Church’ is a project of the Christian environmental group A Rocha, which provides a lot of resources to support ‘greening’ the church and an award scheme to celebrate progress.

The Eco Church Steering Group welcomes comments and feedback about our green commitments from all members of the congregation and users of the Church Centre to: ecochurch.standrews@gmail.com

Eco Church key areas

The Eco Church process is built around 5 key areas of the church’s life –

Worship and teaching:

  • making opportunities for special celebrations of Creation;
  • incorporating into our regular services preaching, prayers and songs about caring for God’s Earth;
  • including our human responsibility of caring for the Earth in teaching for children, youth, and adults, including exploring related themes in small groups.

Management of church buildings (both church premises and manse):

  • finding ways to reduce our consumption and to meet our energy needs from renewable sources;
  • committing to making environmentally positive choices in all aspects of our work;
  • using eco-friendly products;
  • reducing waste;
  • improving energy efficiency;
  • encouraging environmental awareness among all users of the Church Centre.

Management of church land:

  • exploring creative options for encouraging native wildlife on our church land;
  • committing to an eco-friendly management approach to church land.

Community and global engagement:

  • creating opportunities for our local community to engage with environmental issues
  • providing an example in our neighbourhood of how to make a meaningful response to the challenges posed by climate change and the need for a more sustainable lifestyle;
  • working with others in our local community to identify environmental issues which should be addressed in our area and help develop actions to tackle them;
  • supporting charities and campaigns to address the global impact of the climate crisis (e.g., Christian Aid).

Lifestyle:

  • encouraging individual members of our congregation to examine their own lifestyle and take appropriate actions in their personal lives;
  • promoting walking and cycling to reduce car use;
  • encouraging the use of ethically sourced food that follows the LOAF principles (Locally grown, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairtrade);
  • managing each household’s carbon footprint.

 

Eco Church Steering Group

We have a small Steering Group consisting of:

Anne Byfield (leading on Worship and teaching)

Marion McNeil (leading on Lifestyle)

Revd Sue McCoan (leading on Buildings)

John Mitchell (leading on Land)

Peter Skerratt (Convenor)