Caring for our Planet
All Saints Church is committed to caring for our planet and this is an important part of what our Church does in our commission to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, with the aim:
To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Becoming a Fairtrade Church
All Saints is proud to say that it is a Fairtrade Church, having gained this status in 2014 and renewed this pledge in 2020. This means that we serve only Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar at Church events, and actively promote the buying of Fairtrade goods throughout the year.
“Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.” For more information go to:
Becoming an Eco Church
All Saints is also a member of the A Rocha Eco Church Scheme and in 2020 we are pleased to be awarded an Eco Church Bronze Award.
What this means is that we have used many opportunities in our worship and teaching to learn more about our responsibilities in caring for our planet including setting aside the months of September and October to focus on God’s creation.
We have also made
improvements to our how we light, heat and insulate our buildings, what we buy for
the Church and Hall, and how we re-use and recycle what we have. And the small area of land that we have is
gradually being changed to one that attracts birds and insects, with added
We use Fairtrade goods and locally-grown food when we can, and dispose of our food waste in an eco-friendly way. We have also ‘twinned’ one of our toilets. Everyone is actively encouraged to buy eco-friendly products and re-use and recycle as much as they can.
We are now working towards a Silver Award.
For more information go to: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
One of our challenges for 2020 is to measure our Church carbon footprint, set a target for reducing this and look at ways that we can offset our carbon use through other methods.