We believe that God has blessed us with a beautiful world and charged us to look after it. We seek to care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community, and in our personal lifestyles. We believe that what we do and the way we live effects not only us and our children, but every other person sharing the planet.
In December 2017, St Stephen’s was awarded a bronze Eco Church award. This is scheme lead by A Rocha for churches throughout the UK who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth. For more information please visit the A Rocha website.
What we are doing:
- Raising the profile of ecological issues
- Inviting speakers to talk to us on this subject.
- Holding themed shared meals with an emphasis on locally sourced responsibly produced and packaged food.
- We have created a Green team to consider our churches environmental footprint and to promote a balanced approach to our stewardship of the planet. We are currently meeting to discuss working towards the silver Eco Church award, so watch this space!
- Replacing standard bulbs with LEDs
- Using less harmful cleaning products and consumables that can be recycled.
- Recycling ink cartridges and raising money for the church at the same time (drop your cartridges in the box at the back of church)
- Recycling household batteries (also a box at the back of church)
- Use of Eco friendly cleaning products and bought in large containers to reduce plastic waste
- Recycling and Food Waste bins in the church and Cross building
- Use of Fairtrade tea and coffee
- The church uses green electricity
Please take a minute to scan through the material on the Eco church website, whether you are sceptical of the these issues or consider yourself an Eco-warrior, this will tell you something of our values and perhaps convince you why we need to act.
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