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Greening the Church

Welcome to St Peter’s ‘greening the church’ web page.

St Peter’s believes that when it comes to the environment, the church should take a lead in caring for the environment.   In having and taking forward this belief St Peter’s is part of a much wider environmental movement amongst churches. So in May 2007 St Peter’s Parish Church Council (PCC) agreed the following statement:

St Peter’s Statement of Environmental Commitment
“Handle with Care”
St Peter’s Church recognises that as stewards of creation our Christian vision is for a just and sustainable future. We are committed to promoting understanding of the environment and to minimising our environmental impact
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Sally Martin holding the globe

Sally Martin demonstrating how the earth should be handled with care
at the launch of the environmental initiative at St Peters in 2007

In November 2007, after an environmental audit for St Peter’s church had been completed using the Eco-congregation model and reported to the PCC, the PCC agreed a ten-point environmental plan designed back the statement above with practical actions.  Progress has been made in implementing this plan, but more remains to be done.

Many members of St Peter’s already take their own actions in their homes and work lives to reduce their adverse impacts on the environment, and this is to be applauded.  Our aim is to make sure that, as a church and church community, we progressively increase the beneficial effects that we can individually and collectively make upon the environment through hearing about and spreading good practices and learning about and trying out new ones which we have perhaps not yet adopted. Learning about the environment and how we can care fit it is crucial for our children and grandchildren, but we adults also have an important opportunity to learn and do more about this.

St Peter’s Green Team

Helping the St Peter’s church and the PCC to take green initiatives forward is a small team of people currently called the ‘green team’.  In 2009 this green team will be led by Dennis Parker with the able support of Sally Martin. The ‘green team’ wants work on the greening of the church to be a community initiative rather than one just driven by a small team of enthusiasts. And for this reason from 2009 onwards the team wants to adopt a more inclusive name along the lines of the ‘Green Community’. 

Find out more by clicking on each of the following:

Sunday Worship
Sundays  
8.00 am Holy Communion (said) - Book of Common Prayer
9.30 am Holy Communion (sung) - Common Worship with crèche and Junior Church
  Second Sunday - All-age service with orchestra
11.15 am Choral Mattins - Book of Common Prayer (service of morning prayer led by a choir)
6.30 pm Choral Evensong
Weekdays  
9.00 am Morning Prayer in the Lady Chapel (about 30 mins)

 Click to view full detail of services

  

Greening the Church Meetings
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Meetings usually last for up to 90 minutes. If meetings on Wednesday or Thursday evenings are likely to be difficult for you in 2010, and you want to participate in these meetings, please let Dennis Parker know (denjpark@btinternet.com).

Join Us

Are you thinking of trading in your SUV for a hybrid?

Do you routinely use reusable shopping bags?

Do you use recycled paper in your printer?

Are you trying to avoid purchasing products encased in large amounts of packaging?

Have you switched to low energy light bulbs and a green energy supplier?

Are you routinely sorting your waste into recycling containers of different kinds?

Do you sometimes cycle or walk rather than driving?

Do you know the arguments for and against carbon offsetting?

Are you considering offsetting the carbon emission consequences of your next flight?

Do you see the link between religion and environmentalism?

If any of these sort of issues interest you, why not join us in helping to move the green community initiative forward ?  You can join by contacting either Dennis Parker (denjpark@btinternet.com) or Sally Martin (martins3632@btinternet.com) and/or by just coming along at any time to one of the evening meetings organised in 2009 to take the initiative forward.  

The dates and other details of these meetings are given above.  You can commit yourself to just as little or as much as you want.  You can just give your view if you wish, or you can help organise some of the actions which we are planning to take forward in 2009 and beyond, and you can help shape these initiatives at the same time.  If you have no experience of environmental issues, then it does not matter.  However, if you have experience of them, come along and let us learn from your experience.

  

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