Vicar's Column - May 2019
St John the Baptist Parish Church
Churches have a responsibility to engage with major issues affecting our world and society and climate change is one of them. We are given a biblical mandate to care for the earth which God has made for his glory and our benefit. Tragically, human beings have plundered the earth and we are now reaping what we have sown as we face an environmental crisis with the poorest nations unfairly being the most affected. Climate change is one of the greatest, if notthegreatest, challenges facing us today and the urgency cannot be overstated. School pupils across the globe have recognised this and it is about time governments did likewise.
Since its conception, St John’s overall vision has included among its four strands: “Concerned for the whole of Creation: passionate about global justice, peace and the sustainability of our planet.” One of the actions arising from this is to “Promote an eco-friendly Church”. Becoming an eco-church is one of the vision priorities identified by the PCC for this year, as outlined at the APCM. The challenge is for us as a church community and as individuals in every sphere of our lives.
To begin with we have tapped into the resources of the A Rocha Eco Church Project, an award scheme for churches in the UK who want to demonstrate that they care for God’s earth. We have completed the survey covering different areas of church life (Worship & Teaching; Management of Church Buildings; Management of Church Land; Community and Global Engagement; Lifestyle). We now need to identify priorities from the tasks suggested for improvement. If we gain the necessary points there are awards to be gained at bronze, silver or gold level. At the same time, in our efforts to work towards a low carbon footprint church building, an energy audit has been carried out and the Fabric Committee is reviewing the recommendations.
C.R.O.W. (Crowthorne Reduce our Waste) has produced a very helpful list of recycling options and you can find copies of this at the back of the hall. We are collaborating with C.R.O.W. at the May Fair this year to achieve a more environmentally friendly approach, promoting recycling options/waste reduction, especially plastics. This will likely affect our overall profits, but we have to “put our money where our mouth is”. Single use plastic bottles are out and bio-degradable cups for the beer tent and compostable plastic bags are in.
Sue Burrow from C.R.O.W. will be coming to speak for ½ hr at an open PCC meeting on 3rdJuly at 7.45pm. Please do come along. We are also investigating inviting a more “heavy weight” speaker on the environment at some point.
We would love to appoint an “eco-warrior” to help steer this agenda. Please let me know if you think this could be you.
Revd Dr Lisa Cornwell
Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org )
- 01344 761521
Find St John the Baptist Parish Church
Waterloo Road, Crowthorne, Berkshire, RG45 7NT
There is ample parking along Waterloo Road, and around the back of the Church on the unmade road Church Street.