The Environment Group recommend the Creation Time resources published at http://seasonofcreation.org/
This includes clips, webinar, liturgy resources from several worldwide sources, an online curated Taize worship resource (published August), with encouragement to pray, act and reflect. Worship resources are availble for each week and include resources suitable for harvest, all age services and sermon notes following the Church of England calendar.
Online services you can join in on 1st September 16.00 and 10 September have been announced.
This simple resource is free to download and is recommended by Environment group members click here
'At the UN climate talks in Paris in December 2015, world leaders committed to keep global temperature rises ‘well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels’ and ‘pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius’ to protect humanity from the worst impacts of climate change. We know that it will not be possible to meet these goals while continuing to extract and burn fossil fuels.'
‘Journey through Ecochurch’ Sheffield 21 Oct 10-4.30. Cost-free.
Details see http://arocha.org.uk/journey-through-eco-church/
Delegates will have the opportunity to put practical questions from their churches to experts and hear the stories of other churches working towards the Eco Church Award.
Hundreds of organisations are now giving advice on specific changes that we can make to our lives. Environmental stories are now constantly in the news, and the magnitude of the challenges we face are perhaps becoming clearer, but this can bring about a feeling of bewilderment. Vast amounts of knowledge of products and regulations would help, but our time and money are limited. How can we choose the best approach?
A simple strategy for environmental decision making
Given that the resources local churches have are finite, it’s important to get the best outcome you can for a minimum investment of time and money.
Define your goals and constraints clearly. Make a list, ideally with a group of people, to identify all your options; rank them, placing those which give the best results for the least investment of money and effort at the top of this list. This gives you a hierarchy of options, with best value at the top, so that you can work down until the benefits are no longer to felt to justify the costs.
How might this work in practice?
A) Refurbishment of an existing church building
As an example, consider a project to refurbish and improve an existing church. The building might be old, the boiler obsolete, and the fabric of the building in poor condition. Your list of suggestions may be very large, but among the items you might typically find the following:
This is a small but dedicated group who have offered architect training partnered with DAC, prepared a paper for the Parsonages Committee on Solar PV, produced and recommended resources and spoken at deanery synods. We would welcome further invitations.