Eco Church

ECO CHURCH

You make springs gush forth in the valleys;

    they flow between the hills,

giving drink to every wild animal;

    the wild asses quench their thirst.

By the streams the birds of the air have their habitation;

    they sing among the branches.

From your lofty abode you water the mountains;

    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.

– An excerpt from Psalm 104

Introduction

At St Andrew’s and St Mark’s, we are seeking to be an Eco Church.  The Church of England has an ambitious target for all parishes to be carbon neutral by 2030.  If we can, we would like to meet that target.

Caring for God’s creation is an important part of our lived faith.  So often, the climate crisis can feel overwhelming.  But we believe everyone has a part to play.  Together, the steps we take can have a big difference.

We want to do our bit here in Surbiton – both for our local community and the wider world.  If you think you could help us, please do get in touch.

Eco Committee

We have an Eco Committee which seeks to take forward an Action Plan to make our churches greener.  It is made up of members of our congregation and is currently chaired by Michael, one of our Curates.

The Committee is open to all feedback, ideas and suggestions.  So, if you know of a green initiative or project you think we should be involved in, please do let us know.  And, if you can think of ways we can make our churches greener, we would love to hear from you.

To contact the Eco Committee, send an e-mail to sasmscurate@outlook.com

Action Plan

Based on A Rocha’s Eco Church Survey, we have put together an Action Plan that focusses on the following areas:

  • Worship and Teaching
  • Buildings
  • Land
  • Community & Global Engagement
  • Lifestyle

Our Action Plan is reviewed and updated regularly by the Eco Committee.  We hope soon to place it on this page of our website for all to see.

Progress so far

Since our Eco Committee first met online in December 2020, we have already made progress in each of the areas of our Action Plan, including:

  • Switched to a green gas supply
  • Put up bird boxes and created a bug hotel in the grounds of St Mark’s
  • Spread awareness of local green initiatives (e.g. for recycling items not usually recycled by our local authority)
  • Organised a “Climate Weekend” (September 2021)
ECO CHURCH SERBITON