Eco Church Award Presentation at St. Mary’s
Presentation at St. Paul’s
We are proud to be an Eco Church – we received our Silver Award in December 2020 having been awarded the Bronze Award in November 2018. We are now working towards our Gold Award. We have decided to apply for the award together with Oldbury Parish as part of our joint benefice. Oldbury Parish achieved Silver in 2020
Our guiding principle is the Fifth Mark of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”. It is the essence of our Parochial Environmental Policy and guides us when planning all Church activities; from worship, through our management of our land and buildings, to purchase of cleaning materials.
St Mary’s & St Paul’s gained Bronze through a range of projects: LED lights, heat pump, Church Hall insulation, conservation areas in our Church yards, Muddy Church, Environment based sermons, serving ethical refreshments and our congregation’s awareness of Christian concern for the environment. To help us achieve the Silver award: we twinned four of our Toilets; we took part in the local Churches One World week event, working with Sustainable Thornbury (ST)/Climate Action Thornbury and Surroundings (CATS); Eco tips were added to our weekly Newssheet -
We now plan to start working towards the Gold standard with a re-
Also, when Covid restrictions allow, we will renew our Fairtrade status.
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Two toilets twinned at the Church Hall
Hearing via Zoom from Tea and Coffee growers we learn first-
A toilet twinning certificate for St. Paul’s + one for St. Mary’s
We urge everyone to pray for the world and pray for guidance in our own lives to discern how we may each fulfil our responsibility to love God and our neighbour.
Marian S. & Guy R. Appointed Environment Champions
St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Parochial Environment Policy
Environmental Policy (thornburycofe.org.uk)
Eco Church https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
Local Environmental groups Sustainable Thornbury/CATS http://www.sustainablethornbury.org
Gloucester Diocesan Website Environment pages and Diocesan Environment Officers.
The Church of England Environment Programme https://www.churchofengland.org/environment
Organisations working around the world