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Eco Group



St Thomas’ and Care for the Environment


Have you thought about the connection between environmental issues and the Christian faith? Do you want to help our church and local community to play its part in reducing waste, saving energy, promoting biodiversity and supporting fair trade? Do you want to play a part in building a sustainable future?

St Thomas's Church has committed to integrating environmental considerations into decision making and is supported by an Eco-church Group. The group meets at 2-3 month intervals to discuss and progress a small number of initiatives, and to identify ways in which environmental concerns can be more fully integrated into all of the church’s activities. Our activities are reported annually in the APC report.

If you have any news on environmental measures carried out in any of the church groups, or have any ideas, or would like more information please contact the church office.

Eco Group Remit

 

 
The formal role of the Eco-church Group is as follows:

 
  1. To raise awareness of environmental issues, based on biblical teaching, among the leadership, PCC and members of St Thomas’s Church;

  2. To encourage and support the leadership, PCC and members of St Thomas’s Church to weave creation care into the life and mission of the church; and

  3. To make recommendations to the leadership and PCC, leading to the church and individual members taking positive steps to care for the environment.

 

Web Resources

 


Here are 6 great websites that you can visit to learn more about green issues in the church and in the community:

  1. Eco-congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith  www.ecocongregation.org

  2. A Rocha is a Christian environmental and nature conservation movement  www.arocha.org/gb-en

  3. Tearfund is a UK Christian relief and development agency. Look up their ‘Environment and Climate Change’ section under ‘issues’ by following the ‘what we do and where’ section www.tearfund.org

  4. Our local Council and what it is doing and what we can do. Follow the link to ‘Community and Environment’, ‘Wiltshire Countryside’ and ‘Sustainability and Climate Change’  www.wiltshire.gov.uk

  5. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust seeks to inspire people to enjoy, understand and take action to protect the natural world. Follow the link to ‘Green Living’ www.wiltshirewildlife.org

  6. The Diocese of Salisbury website has some great resources, including links, reports and information sheets. http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/mission/social-justice/environment

 


Ian Pearson, 25/02/2014