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Faith Action for Nature – Autumn Resources available now!

As the year turns, the leaves change and the days lengthen, it’s time to dip into our Autumn resource pack for inspiration. Click HERE

The theme for this season is Shelter, with reflections on the various images of God as our refuge. Do some shelter-building in the woods, install homes for wildlife, and think about the birds and animals that take shelter around your home and your church.

We’d love to know what you find useful about the resources – or not so helpful. Drop us a line to tell us about your experiences.

Postcode Local Trust – Short Window Funding available

There are a few days left to apply if you’re looking for financial help towards biodiversity and outdoor projects! Get your skates on!

Established in 2015, the Postcode Local Trust provides grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas. It offers funding for outdoor projects related to play areas, green spaces, sustainable energy and conservation. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

  • Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials.
  • Outdoor education and heritage.
  • Green energy projects and flood prevention.

Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

There is a two-step application process.

Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 August to 15 August 2018.

http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants

Anyone looking for small grants towards their church conservation project? We’d particularly suggest checking this out if you’re taking part in the Faith Action for Nature project.

Grab A Grant!  As the blistering hot summer starts fading into a more recognisable Scottish pattern, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your local outdoor green spaces for Autumn and Winter.   Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of £250 are available to any group of volunteers who are carrying out practical conservation, biodiversity work and habitat creation. We also have a VERY LIMITED number of Enhanced Health Grants of £500 for projects providing substantial health benefits. All Projects must complete by December  1st 2018.
To get started, click this link to REGISTER.
For more information visit our website at https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

Good Money Week 2018

Good Money Week is a campaign to show you there are sustainable and ethical options when it comes to your bank, pension, savings and investments.

At this year’s Good Money Week conference on we will provide you with an opportunity to consider how your faith, values and finances interact. Learn how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to positive decisions about our money and how we can help ensure a sustainable world now and in the future.

Date: 9:30 – 13:30, Wednesday 3 October 2018

Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

The conference will be chaired by Wendy Young from Christian Aid Scotland. There will be a keynote address on intergenerational justice from Christopher Stockwell (ECCR), and you will have the opportunity to take part in workshop sessions looking at the Climate Change and Education SDGs followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

Confirmed workshop: Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union with Young Scot and Prosper Social Finance – more follow.

The event is free and open to the public. Delegates are also invited to join us for a complimentary buffet lunch.

Partners: Church of Scotland, ECCR, EthicalFutures, Anderson MacPhie Financial Services, Oikocredit, Christian Aid Scotland, Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union

Sponsored by: Triodos Bank, EthicalFutures and Anderson MacPhie Financial Services

For more information and booking click here

Creation Time 2018 resources now available!

From the 1st of September to the Feast of St Francis on 4th October  churches around the world will be marking Creation Time.  This is a time to “be dedicated to prayer for the protection of Creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles that reverse our contribution to climate change”. (3rd European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu, Romania in 2007).

Creation Time 2018 follows the theme “Passing our Planet on”  linking to Scotland’s Year of Young People and also to the theme of the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering in April 2018.  It reflects on our planet passing on from one generation to the next, and the gifts given us by God to support and guide us in our care for creation.

It comes from an ecumenical writing group, with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church.  Readings from the Gospel of Mark are emphasised, which appear in the Revised Common Lectionary in September.

The resources are available here

Eco-Congregation Scotland are hiring a new Charity Manager!

Could you be the one to bring about the future and vision of Eco-Congregation Scotland?

We are looking for a new Charity Manager to take on the exciting opportunity to manage Scotlands’ leading faith-led environmental charity and help us support churches to care for God’s creation.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is looking for a charity manager who will shape and grow the movement. With over 430 registered churches  across all  Christian denominations in Scotland, we have grown steadily since starting in 2001 and are now recognised as an international leader in Faith Action for the Environment.  We challenge church members and congregations to promote care for creation through worship, advocacy and in taking practical action to tackle climate change in their own lives and in the lives of their churches and surrounding communities, including action for climate justice around the world.

As manager you will have:-

  • exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills
  • experience of managing a small team and volunteers
  • fundraising and compliance experience in the charitable sector
  • a vision of how churches can contribute to tackling climate justice

Please click the link to see more about the post, including how to apply HERE

It is unlikely that candidates with less than 5 years since graduation will have the necessary experience for this post.

Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 8th August