St Andrew's Gold Award Winners May 2019
In May 2019 we found out that we had been awarded the Gold Eco Award from A Rocha, when it was announced we were one of only 6 churches in the country who had so far achieved the Gold Award
Some of the things we have done: had LED lighting installed, use recycled paper, moved over to a green electricity supplier, invited speakers to come and talk to us about a variety of eco issues, promoted eco living tips in our weekly newsletter, fundraised for Christian Aid and Toilet Twinning, planted trees, carbon offsetting, developed Muddy Church, become a recycling hub (from crisp packets to ink jet cartridges), started monthly Eco Fayres, run a Clothes Swap and much more!
Muddy Church: embracing the outdoor world, going on adventures and worshipping God. Follow this link to find out more.
The Eco Church Award is broken down into categories: Worship, Building, Land, Community and Global, and Lifestyle. The Award helps your church think about all these areas and how to modify or change practice in order for positive benefits for our environment.
Some things are easy to do and some things take a bit more time and thought. But, we have enjoyed the journey so far and we are looking forward to where it will take us next. Come and Join Us!
Find out more about them here:
The Chair of our Eco Group is John Daymond. You can leave him a message through the Parish Office.
Our Events Manager also takes the lead on a number of Eco Projects and can be contacted on
The Spirituality of Creation
Our journey has been inspired by the spirituality of St Francis- he sought to live in harmony with the created world and saw that all that was made was good, blessed and holy. Here is his famous prayer/praise song:
Canticle of Brother Sun
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace, By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape. Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm. Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.
A member of the St Andrew's Congregation writes a Blog about living a plastic free life:
She also has some great eco tips and products that you can buy. She always runs her stall at one of our Eco Fayres.