St Christopher’s is an Eco Church and we are registered with the Christian environmental scheme for churches run by A Rocha UK. Eco Church provides tools to help churches and their parishioners weave their response to environmental issues into all they do. We are delighted to have been awarded a Bronze Level Certificate and we are now busy working towards a Silver Level.
In a time of unprecedented environmental stresses, Eco Church enables us to respond to God’s mandate to human beings to care for His creation, by integrating environmental care throughout our church’s life and mission.
The Diocese of Guildford encourages churches to join Eco Church and, together with other churches in our diocese and in the UK as a whole, really make a difference.
Bronze, silver and gold awards are presented to churches for environmental attainment across a wide range of areas, including care of buildings and churchyards, energy-saving, recycling, food and lifestyle, worship, preaching and teaching, engagement in communities and the wider world.
To satisfy the criteria for a Silver award we have to reach a number of goals in five different categories:
- Worship and Teaching
- Management of Church Buildings
- Management of Church Land
- Community and Global Engagement
On long car journeys drive ‘green’ and save fuel.
If you are an occasional car user, car club schemes may be a better alternative to owning your own car. Everything is included, insurance, cleaning, servicing, and refueling. You just book a car when you need one and drive away!
Think ahead. Bundle a number of small errands into one trip to save time and fuel. Consider if a phone call, email or letter would do instead.
Walk for short local errands and trips. Consider it to be your ‘permitted daily exercise’! It may also take less time than you think. Studies have shown that most people will underestimate the time for car journeys, and overestimate the time it will take to walk.
If you use your car a lot, try and have one “car-free” day a week. Think of it as being similar to “Meat free Mondays” or “Dry January”!