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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 14 August 2021
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Silver Award success

 

Eco-Congregation Scotland warmly congratulates Oakshaw Trinity Church in Paisley on receiving our Silver Award. Assessors were impressed by the Kirk Session being kept fully appraised and commended discussion about environmental matters within the congregation, with pledge cards encouraging members to review their lifestyle and carbon footprint. 

Please consider applying for an
Award in your own church to recognise your environmental work and help us secure funding from partners to support more activities. Any registered eco-congregation that is a Full Member of the charity can apply.

Eco Committee convenor Fiona Catterson said: “We are delighted to receive the Award as it endorses the work we have done over the past three years. We were very clear that our work involved encouraging everyone in Oakshaw Trinity to make changes across all aspects of spiritual, practical and global living. Feedback from the assessment will help steer our next steps towards the Gold Award."

"We found the Eco-Congregation Scotland materials great to use with the
checklist as our starting point. When we looked at this and spoke to all the church groups, we realised that we were already doing more than we first thought, so decided to concentrate our efforts on going for the Silver Award rather than Bronze!"
 
Eco Garden and bottle greenhouse at Oakshaw Trinity

Oakshaw Trinity Church is in communion with the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church. You can read more on our own and both denominations' websites about the Silver success:

Silver Award for Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley
Renfrewshire church awarded prestigious silver environmental award
URC in Scotland gains Eco-Congregation award

A fair trade shop operates in the church which also supports Renfrewshire Foodbank and has strong links with Christian Aid and Tearfund. Springwatch and Autumnwatch events are held encouraging all to care for church grounds, with youth organisations enjoying work with gardeners. Links with the Fabric Committee improved environmental performance of church buildings, while discussion of ethical finance led to investment changes. 

We hope that your church will become, or continue, as a 
Full Member and apply for an Eco-Congregation Scotland Award. You can join online and any fee is ring-fenced to support our Network activities and events programmes.

Remember if you are looking to begin your journey as an eco-congregation, you can also 
register for free at any time. We strongly encourage membership but definitely need you all to be registered and get involved!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our next confirmed events, activities and training are 
online and updated regularly. Please register for the Zoom meeting links at:
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/upcomingevents
Climate Sunday Live at Cults Parish Church
Sunday 15 August 2021, 10.30am

Watch live
Our Eco-Chaplain is looking forward to joining Cults Parish Church online for their Climate Sunday service - led by the Green Group and Justice and Peace Core Group - stepping outside the lectionary with a reflection on 1 Kings 4:29-34 and Acts 10:34-42: 'More wisdom than you can shake a stick at - Solomon and Jesus'.
Sunday Night Live with Pam Rhodes
Sunday 15 August 2021

Watch here
What does the Bible say about how we should care for God’s beloved earth? 
Premier's Pam Rhodes shares a reflection from Rev'd David Coleman (15min 55sec)
Creation Calls The Tune 1
Tuesday 17 August 2021, 7.30pm

Register here
Writer and editor Kathy Galloway joins Christian Aid's Wendy Lloyd to consider how our worship and spirituality relate to our care for creation and climate justice.
Creation Time 2021 launch
Thursday 19 August 2021, 7.30pm

Register here
Join Eco-Chaplain Rev'd David Coleman for the launch of Eco-Congregation Scotland's new Creation Time resources in partnership with the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT)
Making Things Last
Saturday 21 August 2021, 4.00pm

Register here
Four-fifths of our carbon footprint comes from products and materials we use. Is recycling the answer or is there an alternative? Join our workshop with Zero Waste Scotland.
Creation Calls the Tune 2
Thursday 26 August 2021, 7.30pm

Register here
John Bell of the Iona Community, Joel Payne from Resound Worship and the Church of Scotland's Iain McLarty share songs connecting with creation and the environment.
Nations' Climate Sunday Service
Sunday 5 September 2021, 3.30pm

nationsclimatesunday.eventbrite.co.uk
Join churches across Britain and Ireland in the run-up to COP26 for the Nations' Climate Sunday Service online and live in Glasgow Cathedral with Glasgow Churches Together
Read our monthly briefing on what COP26 is and how you can get involved. 

Register for free and begin your church's journey as an eco-congregation. Please consider church membership to become more active in the charity and support our Local Network activities - join online.

Please 
donate if you can, to help support our work and encourage growing interest across Scotland's churches. If you or others in your church would like to receive this newsletter regularly, please subscribe.

Banner photo montage courtesy of Oakshaw Trinity Church.

Our office is currently closed due to the coronavirus situation and staff are working from home. Please contact Eco-Congregation Scotland manager Stephen Curran at: 
0141 423 4671, 07554 905275, 
manager@ecocongregationscotland.org

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Eco-Congregation Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Scottish Charity number: SC041287
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