Christ Church, Hulland has received a Bronze Eco Church award after 12 months of work.
The award entailed working through the online survey of environmentally friendly actions in five areas: worship, church building, land, community & global engagement and lifestyle.
They chose actions that were suitable for their church and didn’t require financial outlay. Four of the initiatives carried out included:
- A collection point in the church porch for empty medication blister packs. The packs are taken for recycling instead of ending up in land fill. The money raised is donated to Marie Curie. This has proven so popular that people from the village are engaged and visiting the church which strengthens the diocese vision to build communities.
- Displaying notices by the benches in the churchyard to encourage people to use the churchyard for peaceful contemplation.
- Registering as a Fairtrade church, meaning they use fairly traded products where possible and promote Fairtrade. A community event was held over Fairtrade Fortnight with Fairtrade stalls and publications, as well as showcasing village community groups. Eco-friendly activities were provided for children and an eco-quiz produced food for thought for adults. Money was raised both for Tearfund to tackle issues resulting from climate change and the DEC Ukraine appeal.
- The Christ Church weekly newsletter always contains an eco-tip.
Penny Northall, Eco Church lead and PCC member of Christ Church, Hulland, said: “I would like to thank our Rector, Revd Phil Michell, and the PCC for being so supportive in this eco-church endeavour.
"We are excited to now be working towards a silver award.”
Stella Collishaw, Community Action Officer at the Diocese of Derby, said: “I am so pleased that Christ Church Hulland has engaged in the Eco Church scheme, and we are making progress as a diocese even in anxious times.
"This parish has brought people of all ages from the local community on board.
"It is helpful to know that they have tackled it from their own starting point, building on what they already do: mission giving, recycling and activities for children.
"It is so fabulous to see them taking on this challenge.
"If anyone needs encouragement to join in, take heart from this example, and be in touch with me for help if you need it.”