Welcome to ST BARTHOLOMEW AND ALL SAINTS CHURCH,
Royal Wootton Bassett
A Christian presence at the heart of the community for over 750 years.
“We seek to grow through prayer and share Christ’s love through engagement with all”
Welcome to Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales
who want to demonstrate that the gospel is Good News for God’s earth.
The damage that the human race is doing to God’s planet has been the lead story in so many news broadcasts of late. St. Bart’s is mindful of these concerns and has set up its own ecological committee to work through the requirements as set out in Rocha UK’s award scheme with a view to achieving an award, bronze, silver or gold for our work with Eco conservation. Some of the recommendations for energy conservation we will not be able to achieve as I doubt it would be possible to double-
There are five categories which we have been working through in this award scheme and have had some success in the first four areas:
Worship and Teaching
Community and Global Engagement
Basically we have done well in all but one of the categories; the ‘Life Style’ section is proving our Achilles Heel. This section exhorts our congregation to consider their life style choices and to consider what ways we can lessen our carbon foot print and recycling habits. (I took the foot print test and was shocked and required much soul searching.) Using the web site below one can make an estimate of one’s own foot print: it is an interesting exercise!
This site will not only give you your foot print but will also suggest ways in which you can pay to offset one’s carbon footprint with projects in the UK and overseas.
Much of the life style section is encouraging the church congregation to make a personal audit of their ‘lifestyle’ starting with a carbon foot print assessment, but then to move onto other areas of life. So I offer these suggested areas:
To consider one’s personal use of recyclable material and what we can do to cut out buying single use plastic.*
Review one’s use of home energy consumption – a few degrees lower on the thermostat can make so much difference.
To encourage people to cycle/walk/or car share during the day and when coming to church.
Encourage the congregation to source their food needs from local products (local butchers and green grocers).
Review one’s use of Fair Trade products.
Asking our congregation to consider these matters will be a major plus in fulfilling our life style section and hopefully encourage people to think seriously about their use of the earth’s resources. Our official Lenten preparation material this year is also focusing on environmental issues in God’s world. However we don’t want to just tick boxes but to make a difference in God’s world. With that in mind I offer the following shopping suggestions from personal experience.
*Over the past few months we have been ordering various household products from a website called ‘Splosh’. Their website boasts that they have saved 419,002 plastic bottles from the bin. One buys the initial container and there-
One can also make use of another website (Lush) that enables one to dispense with plastic containers in the bathroom. https://uk.lush.com/ sells shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream and deodorant bars and all manner of other items – so no more wasteful plastic containers.
In our own town there is ‘The Town Pantry’ trailer who are keen to eliminate excess packaging and single-
In future times I hope to be able to report how well the committee is doing as we work towards a more sustainable future in God’s world and to address the use of materials and recycling in our church which would including our use of electricity and heating.