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Gold Eco Church Award!
We are delighted to announce that St Paul's has won a
Gold Eco Church Award
from A Rocha UK in recognition of our efforts to care for God's earth in our worship and teaching; management of buildings and land; community and global engagement; and lifestyle.
Find out more about our efforts as an EcoChurch across our church, school and estates,
and join us in this movement for climate justice & sustainability.
St Paul's seeks to be a place of sustainability and climate justice.
We are passionate about God's creation and our responsibility to be good stewards.
We are part of the Eco Church movement and have received the EcoChurch Silver Award for our work towards sustainability & climate justice.
We are passionate about doing what we can to make our church, our community and our planet more sustainable. Here are some of the changes we have made over the past few years:
Installed solar panels on our roof and are currently looking into effective ways to store this sustainable energy for better use in our building
Restored the roof and added improved insulation to prevent energy waste
Installed new LED lighting and renew old lighting fixtures with LED lighting
Set up a Climate Club & worked in partnership with our Church School Eco Club
Established a church herb-garden & growing space
Organised community litter-picks and encouraged recycling in our local community through our EcoTips and recycling partnership with the local library
Led EcoChurch Walks and Pilgrimages in the local community, in the city and local countryside - using public transport to encourage accessibility to green spaces
Partnered with local organisations and campaigned through Church Street Ward Neighbourhood Forum to improve green spaces and play spaces in our local neighbourhood, in particular the Green Spine project in Church Street.
Set up a community meal using food that would otherwise go to waste, delivered to us by City Harvest. We prepare a weekly 3-course meal for our community, combating food waste and increasing social cohesion and community spirit. Recently we set up food waste recycling through First Mile for our community meal and church kitchen.
Worship, teaching & Bible Studies on Creation & Climate Justice
Film Nights focused on climate awareness and justice - including films by David Attenborough & Greta Thunberg.
Campaigned for Climate Justice in our local community and city by joining with Christian Climate Action during the Climate Summit at Marble Arch
Joined a local food-waste & composting scheme
Regularly off-setting our carbon footprint (by planting trees)
Active engagement with FairTrade Foundation with weekly FairTrade stall after our Sunday service and monthly FairTrade stall at our coffee morning. We are a FairTrade church and use FairTrade tea, coffee and sugar for our refreshments
We use compostable or paper bags for our weekly food delivery project and compostable plates and cutlery for outdoor events
During Lent we took time to enjoy creation and reflect on how creation cares for us and how we care for creation:
Get Outside for Lent
from the EcoChurch/A Rocha website
Videos of our recent EcoChurch projects
To find out more about our EcoChurch commitment or events please contact the office or speak to a member of the ministry team
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