Eco Church – Fossil Free Churches
At midnight on 10th June 2020, Britain had gone two months without burning coal to generate power. So far this year, 37% of all electricity generated was supplied by renewable energy sources, and the UK has the biggest offshore wind industry in the world. But what does this have to do with the Church? The Bright Now campaign (https://brightnow.org.uk) is calling on churches across the UK to divest from fossil fuels to help speed this transition to alternative energy sources, a vital part of the action against climate change. Collectively, as a Christian community, we can work towards the Church of England’s fifth mark of mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth”.
Congratulations! we are now a Fairtrade Church and thank you for supporting positive change for people and planet. Thank you to Vivien Buckby for all hard work in securing this accolade!
Fairtrade place of worship
St Mary the Virgin, Northamptonshire has become a registered Fairtrade place of worship. Congratulations on your hard work in promoting the Fairtrade Mark. Such enthusiasm from all over the UK means more than 7500 churches, mosques, temples and synagogues have now pledged to use and promote Fairtrade. We now have a certificate to declare that we are an officially recognised Fairtrade Church. Fairtrade is growing with enormous success thanks to the support of consumers and the efforts of faith groups like yours raising awareness of Fairtrade. Now that your church has recommitted to use and promote Fairtrade, we hope that your members will enjoy discovering an ever-developing Fairtrade range and sharing new products with friends and family. Please also remember to look at our Fairtrade Churches resources online where you can find ideas of how to incorporate Fairtrade into worship, for example, prayers and readings: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/in-your-community/faith-groups/fairtrade-churches.
Eco Church is not just about promoting ways of reducing plastic, saving energy, and using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, but also about engaging with nature and celebrating God’s creation. Wild Church and Forest Church are two movements that explore this in more detail, but simple things such as having plants and shrubs in church, or a display of local, seasonal items (collected by the children) are an easy introduction.
Gardening Team are working on an area to plant wildflowers for bees.