Love for creation brings rewards for congregation
Team strives to put environment at the heart of church life
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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