Looking after the world, in all the different forms that takes, is a core part of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. The gospel is good news for all the earth!
For the near future:
Surveys of plant, insect and animal life in our churchyard
Build on our commitment to Fair Trade and to using less damaging cleaning materials around the church
Make our events more environmentally friendly (starting with our design of craft for our children’s services)
One of our Associate Priests, Jenny, and a local botanist, Janet John, together documented the flora and fauna of our churchyard, and created a deck of cards, with a picture on one side, and some bullet points of information on the back.
This deck has been provided to our Village School, who bring pupils to visit, and, in using this deck, support learning in the Science curriculum.
We have a bug hotel! It's RIGHT THERE!
We registered as an Eco Church 18 months ago and were awarded Bronze status 6 months later, having progressed in our care for the environment across everything we do, from how we maintain our church buildings and grounds, to how we worship and how we engage with our congregation, community and the wider world! We are thrilled that we have just gained the Silver award. We are now aiming to go for Gold, hoping to achieve that by April 2024! We do all this not for badges but because we love God's creation. We remember that Christ himself spoke of how God cared for the "birds of the air" and began and ended his ministry deep in prayer in a wilderness and then a garden. Even our own St Giles lived much of his life in a forest, perhaps not too dissimilar to the woods around our village. We would love you to become involved. We are holding a Climate and Creation themed service on 16th October at 10 o'clock - please come!