Eco Church

Net Carbon Zero

In February 2020, the General Synod of the Church of England set new targets for all parts of the
church to work to become carbon 'net zero' by 2030.  This was discussed by our PCC in September
2020 and we agreed to work towards this as a church. 

As part of our work towards becoming net carbon zero by 2030, we are taking part in a bid to the Rural
Communities Energy Fund for a feasibility study into possible approaches to renewable energy 
generation.  We are working as part of a group of 6 churches in the Craven area.  This was discussed
by our PCC in November 2020.  We are working hard on this and hope to submit our bid for funding
of a feasibility study by the deadline of 1 February 2021. 

Eco Church Award

We currently have the Bronze level of the Eco Church award and are actively working towards the
Silver level, which we hope to achieve soon.  The Eco Church Awards are assessed over 5 areas:

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

In 2019, we set up a new Eco Group.  The Group has been working towards the Silver Eco Church
award in 2019-20.  This has involved finding out about what we are already doing, and suggesting
some new ideas.  We already have a lovely wildlife-friendly burial ground.  We have completed the
parish energy footprint tool as part of our parish returns to the Diocese.

New initiatives which we have introduced since gaining the Bronze level are:

  • weekly eco tips in our newsletter (shared by members of the congregation)
  • the appointment of a Parish Environment Officer (Diana Linford)
  • improvements to the double glazing in the vicarage
  • a new Eco Church noticeboard
  • changing our cleaning products to environmentally-friendly products
  • publicising the LOAF idea (eating Local, Organic, Animal-friendly and Fairtrade food)
  • members of the congregation were encouraged in autumn 2020 to do a personal carbon
    footprint audit.  We will return to this in autumn 2021 to see if our footprints have reduced!

In Creationtide 2020, during the lockdown period, all our Sunday morning services had an eco focus. 
There were discussion groups via zoom after each service about the eco themes of each week's sermon.

Our work towards Silver Eco Church status was publicised in our Diocesan eco newsletter
'God's Green Fingers' Issue 33 in September 2020.

    

We are starting to think ahead about how we can improve further and work towards gaining the Gold
level of the Eco Church Award.

We are starting to plan how monthly eco tips can be closely aligned with our prayers through 2021.

Fairtrade Church

We have been a Fairtrade church for eight years.  We were a pilot for the recently introduced renewal
process for Fairtrade churches. The church Fairtrade stall is taken to community events in the village
(we are a Fairtrade village) and once again this Christmas the village church school (a Fairachiever
school) has asked us to source fairly traded Christmas gifts for all the children. Working collaboratively
with the Fairtrade village group and school to plan events enhances our outreach into the
community.  We even supply Fairtrade espresso coffee beans to one of the local pubs.

We served fairtrade tea and coffee after church before the 2020 pandemic.  We regularly held Fairtrade
stalls after our morning services.  During the restrictions of the pandemic in 2020, we held Fairtrade
stalls outside or in the church porch and a Fairtrade dinner and quiz online via zoom is planned for
28 November 2020 - details from Liz Roodhouse, Churchwarden.