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.
To reduce our Carbon Footprint the heating will not be switched on in church until the 1st November. We will purchase Bio Oil for the boiler on our next order. So we are asking that you please wear suitable clothing if it is cold.
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.
There is a Marden Eco Hub starting – pop into the Vestry Hall on 12th October and see what it’s all about.
Try ECOSIA as a search engine on your computer instead of GOOGLE.
Come and say ‘thank you’ to God at the Harvest Festival service on Sunday October 6th for all that we have had and all that we do have and together, let’s renew our commitment to ensure there are Harvests to come – all around the world, for a sustainable world.
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.
Follow the Hub on Facebook for hints, tips, updates and much, much more at Marden Community Eco Hub