Welcome to St Anne’s, St Bride’s and St Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic Churches in Angus, whose registrations bring the total number of eco-congregations in Scotland to 276!
Peebles Old Parish Church received their first Eco-Congregation award.
The assessors were particularly impressed by the following areas of involvement by the congregation:
* The enthusiastic commitment to an eco-friendly church environment;
* Good involvement in community projects, including the Old Parish Forum meetings and the Tweed Green 50:50 campaign;
* Good involvement of Sunday School children in environmental issues;
* Very good record keeping; and
* The reduction in space heating in church that has been achieved and which has reduced energy consumption.
Congratulations to Ardrishaig Parish Church, who gained their first Eco-Congregation award!
The assessors commended the congregation particularly on these points:
* The innovative ideas used in worship, such as sketches and eco slots, which very effectively communicate a wide range of creation care messages to the congregation;
* The well organised Beach Clean and other community links with the primary school, Guides etc.;
* Their support for Fair Trade;
* Use of their magazine, “Pointers”, to encourage action in the congregation and wider community; and
* Making of bird boxes.
Kemnay Parish Church in Aberdeenshire recently gained their second Eco-Congregation Award.
The assessors were especially impressed by the church’s work in these areas:
* Thorough assessment of First Award recommendations and implementation of a number of them;
* Refurbishment of the Sanctuary and installation of increased efficiency heating and lighting system;
* Continuing review of efficiency requirements in equipment in the Church Centre, such as replacement of central heating boiler units; double flush toilets; and
* Growth of promotional activity for FairTrade goods and produce.
Congratulations to Daviot and Dunlichity Church linked with Dalarossie, Moy and Tomatin Church, who recently achieved their first Eco-Congregation award!
The assessors particularly commended the congregation on their engagement in the following areas:
* The creation of and commitment to a Presbytery website eco page;
* The commitment of church members and minister within the community, and within the farming community;
* The personal commitment and witness of the minister;
* Environmental awareness regarding the buildings, present and future and
* Commitment to global justice (support for Christian Aid and Blythswood).