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Green First for Sutton Church
After becoming just the second church in Sutton Coldfield to be awarded ‘eco-congregation’ status, Wylde Green United Reformed Church was delighted to be the first church in the country to receive the award directly from project coordinator, Jo Rathbone.
It is a great thrill be come and present such an award personally, as it is a tribute to the work the church has done over the past five years.
The Award is recognises the environmental achievements of a churches and how it promotes green issues to the local community. However, the Green Group organiser, Steve Lyne points out that there is still more to be done:
We are currently working to establish CRAG’s – Carbon Reduction Action Groups - to promote ways of working to reduce the carbon footprint of our church buildings, its members and, indeed, the community.
Photo shows (L-R) Steve Lyne, Jo Rathbone and members of the church’s Green Group, Meriel Chippindale, Anne Turney, Alastair Frew, John Turney and Vera Cullimore.
Visit the Eco-congregation website to find out what the church had to do to receive this award.
Climate change is already happening - and it is hitting the poor hardest. But you can help do something about it.
UK CO2 emissions comprise 2% of the global total. But the activity of
UK companies worldwide raises that share to a huge 12-15%.
Are you or your partner aged over 60? Or have a child under 16 (being pregnant counts!)? Or do you receive a state benefit?
You may qualify for a grant to save energy in your home, phone Warm Front Scheme for free on 0800 512 012 for more details.
Some links to Green Christians!
Creation Challenge - the new name for the Methodist/United Reformed Churches' environmental network - read the latest news and ideas
Operation Noah - making a splash for climate justice with the churches' climate change campaign, and is part of Christian Ecology Link
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) is a multi-denominational UK Christian organisation for people concerned about the Environment
John Ray Initiative - an educational charity that develops and communicates a Christian understanding of the environment. Let All that has DNA Praise the Lord! Read the Connect article by Professor Colin Russell
A Rocha UK is about caring for creation and transforming communities through practical, local conservation projects
Just how much do you know about the world and its energy sources and how they are used? - Find out in the BBC's World Energy Quiz
The Bible includes stories that illustrate the significance of water. In the story of creation (Genesis 1) and the story of Jesus in the storm - tossed boat on Galilee ( Luke 8 :22 –25) , water is portrayed as having a chaotic elemental character which only God can subdue. In the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 7-9) and the story of John the Baptist (Mark 1 v 4-5), water is portrayed as a medium into which old life dies and new life rises. In the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the well (John 4 v 1-15), the refreshments that water offers to a weary traveller is used to symbolise the refreshment that Jesus offers to tired souls. The elemental quality of water reminds us that we can never control creation, the cleansing nature of water symbolises the new life offered through Christ and the drinking of water reminds us that life cannot exist without both physical and spiritual refreshment.
The more of the above you implement, the lower will be your water bill.
The URC General Assembly meeting in July 2004 agreed that in order to work out our faith and fulfil our responsibility for the stewardship of God’s creation, we would commit ourselves to the following actions:
Awareness and Commitment
Energy and Water
Materials and Resources
Natural and Built Environment
We affirm that the earth belongs to God and hold to a vision of a world that reflects the glory of God. So together we will celebrate all that is done and achieved in fulfilling our human responsibility for the care and stewardship of creation.
Recycling, a thousand possibilities but not the answer! It is better not to produce the waste in the first place. But there will always be something you need that you can't use 100%, so follow the recycling hierarchy to be as green as can be...
Your local Christian Aid office welcomes:
And all you need to do is give them to Melanie Frew (or leave them in the post trays).
Birmingham City Council will now collect used batteries at all of their public waste disposal sites - so you need never throw them away again. If you are not planning a trip to the tip, then you could always give them to Steve Lyne or Melanie Frew.
However, why not invest in one set of batteries to last a life time? With a solar charger and rechargeable batteries you can do just this! Buy solar battery rechargers from the Cente for Alternative Technology.
Clearing out your old music CDs or old film DVDs? Think that no one else would want them? Think again! Don't just throw them out, send to Birmingham Focus on Blindness who can get up to 50p for every unwanted CD and DVD (not old computer disks, please see below...).
Birmingham Focus on Blindness
58-62 Woodville Road
You can recycle your old CD-Roms. They can be made into anything from street lighting lenses to building insulation. Give to Melanie Frew for Christian Aid or send to: Polymer Reprocessors, Reeds Lane, Moreton, Wirral CH46 1DW. But think about reusing them first - as drinks coasters at a party, as bird scarers...
Try Computer Aid as a way of disposing of your old PCs, and other computer bits and bobs.
If you don't refill for your own use at any of the local shops available, send them to Ink Again, who recycle for all of the following charities...
Alternatively, bring them to Church for Melanie Frew to take to Christian Aid!
You may received the occasional bag from a charity for curb-side charity collections, but never when you want it, especially for large items! There are two local solutions from charities who will collect your items by arrangement:
The Ladywood Furniture Project - who have been used by several members of our Church family - 0121 455 7133
and British Heart Foundation 0844 412 5000, they will collect within 48 hours and take electrical goods.
15 million mobile phones are replaced in the UK every year. That's a lot of waste. By sending your phone to Future Forests it can be used for parts, which are sold at low cost to the developing world. Part of this income goes towards planting one sapling for every phone recycled.
Send your phone, postage free, to:
If you include your name and email address, Future Forests will email a map and tree dedication certificate to you free, of charge.
Or for the Woodland Trust
Order a recycling bag from WTbags@answerthecall.co.uk or send your phone, postage free, to:
Again, Melanie Frew can collect these for Christian Aid...
Recycling drinks cartons has proved so popular, that the freepost service has had to be suspended - any cartons sent freepost from now on will be dumped in landfill! However, drinks cartons are light and we will soon be able to give you some idea of costs, so keep rinsing!
It always used to be said that drinks cartons couldn’t be recycled because they were made of a ‘sandwich’ of aluminium, polyethylene and paper, so it was simply ‘too difficult’ to process.
BUT there is now a scheme which manages to do just that!
So, if you use fruit juice or milk cartons, and would like to recycle them, all you have to do is rinse them, dry them and send them off in a box when you have a sufficient quantity. Send them to:
Unfortunately, the facility for recycling transparent plastic magazine wrappers is no longer available locally and so we would ask that you stop bringing your old wrappers into church until further notice.
OK this isn't actually recycling, but if you have a small number of shares that would cost you more to sell than their worth, then have a look at this website that is able to pool proceeds and distributes them to charity. give shares to charity donate share
ShareGift also help people with larger gifts of shares for their favourite charities.
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