Eco-Church.

St James has a proud tradition of caring for its own environment and for being a “good steward” (looking after) of all the Earth’s resources. In recent years, as global awareness has grown, we have stepped up our green activities in response to the growing threats to the climate and environment. We are delighted to have received a Silver Eco-Church Award, and are now working towards the Gold.

Stories from the Parish

Here are a few examples of the things we are doing..

Worship and Teaching

Last October we celebrated Creation Season – with an outdoor service in the Churchyard. We also spoke about USPG’s response to the environment. We have regular articles about climate change in the parish magazine.

Buildings

We took part in the Church of England carbon audit, and were delighted to come out with an “A” rating! Nevertheless we don’t stop there. We are about to spend nearly £2000 to upgrade our Church Hall lighting which will be considerably more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint. We continue to look at ways to recycle, and insulate and live more sustainably on our precious planet.

Land

Many of us are lucky enough to have nice gardens and the time to produce some amazing veggies. Every year we give away surplus apples and other fruit outside church, and often swop plants and seedlings or sell them in aid of charity. The land has given bounteously and we must respond with generousity.

Churchyard

Our Churchyard has won the Dorset Wildlife award for several years and it is carefully managed as a wildlife sancutary. It is home to many wild and rare species of flowers and plants, and has good visitors too – like moles, glow worms and the like!

MAKE COP26 COUNT!

This will be the 26th meeting of Conference of the Parties, namely countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Treaty in 1994.

This year it will be held in Glasgow from November 1st – 12th and the President will be British MP Alok Sharma.

The Heads of State, climate experts and negotiators will come together to discuss: How far they have progressed in recent years, any plans for improvements and to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change across the world.

St James’ Church has joined a programme which has seen a collaboration between Christians for Creation Care, Christian Concern for One World and Hope for the Future create a series of monthly online meetings beginning on the 26th of April and leading up to the Conference in November. 

There will be guest speakers from around the world, political training and support from Hope for the Future and a series of actions to be implemented before the Conference.

So, in a nutshell, a group of people belonging to St James’ Church will be taking part in these meetings and implementing action plans throughout the rest of the year.

It is a unified ‘race to zero’ quest to reach zero emissions as fast as possible.

Our Church has been fortunate to receive the Silver Eco Church Award Certificate in recognition of the efforts put in to care for God’s earth and we are now seeking to gain Gold.

If anybody reading this would like to become involved in any future projects then please get in touch with the Church office as we’d love to hear from you. 

To paraphrase Prince Philip, “Let’s do this for our children and grandchildren.”