Love for cre­ation brings re­wards for con­gre­ga­tion

Team strives to put en­vi­ron­ment at the heart of church life

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A CHURCH has won an en­vi­ron­men­tal award af­ter it spent 18 months de­mon­strat­ing to com­pe­ti­tion bosses how it puts care for the en­vi­ron­ment at the heart of church life.

St James Church, on Ox­ford Rd, Ger­rards Cross, along with its sis­ter church in Ful­mer, is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing awarded an ‘Ecocon­gre­ga­tion’ award by char­ity A Rocha.

The Chris­tian char­ity works for the pro­tec­tion and restora­tion of the nat­u­ral world and was set up to en­cour­age churches to demon­strate env iron­menta l stew­ard­ship.

Stephanie Sum­merell, speak­ing on be­half of the

The Love Cre­ation team at St James. Robin Sum­merell, Tricia Fid­dian, Jenny Teb­both, Cindy Crump, Stephanie Sum­merell, John Smi­ley Love Cre­ation team at St James, said: “We are re­ally proud. This has been achieved by the ef­forts of many peo­ple right across the church, not just a few hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

“The two as­ses­sors said that ours was one of the strong­est sub­mis­sions they had ever re­ceived.”

To win it staff mem­bers re­ceived train­ing on how to build en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cern into their work ac­tiv­i­ties and a com­pre­hen­sive energy au­dit of the church build­ings high­lighted which ac­tion must be taken to make the church build­ings more ecofriendly.

Along with this a bug ho­tel and ex­tra bird and bat boxes have been po­si­tioned in the church grounds.

Martin Wil­liams, Rec­tor at St James, said: “As Chris­tians, we have a bib­li­cal man­date to prop­erly stew­ard God’s cre­ation.

“We felt was im­por­tant to make cre­ation-care a nat­u­ral part of what we do at St James – to try to make it part of our DNA.”

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions, the Love Cre­ation team ran a chil­dren’s nat­u­ral art com­pe­ti­tion in which the chil­dren could only use nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als.

The re­sults are cur­rently on dis­play near the award plaque in the foyer of the St James Cen­tre but will be re­turned to the chil­dren in a few weeks

The church has said the plaque will re­main as tes­ti­mony to St James’ past and its fu­ture com­mit­ment to tak­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns se­ri­ously.

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