Sharing God's Love
Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ This commands a love (which is beyond tolerance) that extends to those unknown, with the example of the story of the Good Samaritan. Such love can be costly, involve crossing boundaries of habit and culture but to care for the planet and its resources is one way we can love our neighbour.
The A ROCHA UK organisation has a scheme of detailed questions and challenges for Churches to become an Eco Church and even win an award.
Following the Archdeacon’s talk at our APCM this year, we have registered with A ROCHA UK and a small group of us are working through the questionnaire and looking at how we can make effective changes and promote such loving living in the community.
Five areas are covered in the questions: Worship and Teaching; Buildings; Land; Community and Global; Lifestyle. It is understood that a Church that has stood for 1000 years has some constraints, but there are still some changes we can implement and we will introduce these as and when we can.
Already we have scored a gold in Worship and Teaching, but the other areas still need much work and we are researching and actioning the suggestions over a period of time.
We are introducing bird boxes and bug hotels to the Churchyard. We will be asking the Charity Group to consider an environmental charity for 2020. We must commit to pray for environmental issues and we are looking for user friendly Bible Study course for personal and group use, in the hope it will be taken up. News sheets will be given out on the way OUT of Church to save paper.
There are many other things we can do and we will keep you updated but meantime, please love your neighbour through the Church, mindful of the origin, production and packaging of your cleaning products and food.
This Group has now been set up and hopefully will be working with the church and parish council on Eco Projects that will benefit the whole community. They don't have a website yet but please look at their Facebook Page here and find out what they are all about and how you can join in.
Read about the Hub's first village event below:
Want to do your bit for the planet but not sure where to start? Come along to the first Marden Community Eco Hub event on 12th October!
10.00 am to 1.00 pm, The Vestry Hall, Marden
Come and browse our Eco-Shop, with local, sustainable businesses selling beeswax wraps, food, bulk refills and more...
Learn something at our SkillsShare sessions, like how to make your garden a haven for wildlife. We’ll have fun kids' activities and you can even build your very own bug hotel!
Clothes you love looking a bit shabby? Not to worry, bring them along as we have a Repair Cafe and we can patch them up for you!
Kids outgrown their winter boots and coats? Pop them in our Shoe Box and Coat Rack, and you can swap them for other sizes!
And if none of that strikes your fancy, join us for a cuppa and a bite to eat!
If you have any ideas about things we can do at future events,
think you can help with donations for our stalls, or you can spare some time to
volunteer on the day, please contact email@example.com
We hope to see you there!
Follow us on Facebook for hints, tips, updates and much, much more at Marden Community Eco Hub