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Booking now open for Annual Gathering 2015!

Booking is now open for the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering on April 25 2015.

Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2015
Preparing For Paris

 

Saturday 25th April 2015, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk.
(Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)

Booking form (PDF File)

Booking form with full workshop, speaker and travel details (Word Format)

 

Main speakers

Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government
Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland

 

 About our Annual Gathering

This December leaders from around the world will meet in Paris to try and reach an international agreement on climate change. Come along to our Annual Gathering to find our what the Scottish government and voluntary organisations are doing to put pressure on world leaders for an agreement on climate change, and how to make your voice head. We will also have practical workshops on making your congregations more climate-friendly.

 

A new look for our award application forms!

We are pleased to announce that we have redesigned our Eco-Congregation award application forms to help make the award application and assessment process easier for congregations. There are now three different award application forms depending on which award your congregation is applying for, and clearer guidelines throughout the form to make the process as smooth as possible.

Don’t forget, if you have any queries or need assistance applying for the award, please just get in touch.

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We now have 117 award-winning congregations with more joining their numbers all the time – why not join them!

 

New events calendar for Eco-Congregation Scotland!

We now have an online calendar to easily find events that eco-congregations are hosting around the country. Network meetings, our Environmental Chaplain Rev Trevor Jamison’s worship-leading and talk sessions, as well as events such as our Annual Gathering and supported events such as Fast for the Climate will all be included.

Please do let us know if you have any events coming up that you would like us to add to our calendar!

Local Networks Seminar report and summary now available

The report and summary report from the Local Networks Seminar held on 6th September are now available to download. You can access them here:

Caring for Church Grounds – Alexandria Allotments

For years the Congregational Board at Alexandria Parish has grappled with how they could make better use of the large grounds at the rear of the Church. We were awarded our 1st Eco-Congregation Award in June 2012 and our local councillor commented that there was a long waiting list for allotments in the Vale of Leven area and West Dumbarton Council had no sites identified. A chance meeting with the Council Greenspace Officer, Linda Adam, the following spring kicked off a project to use the ground for allotments. We set up a working group with four members of the Kirk Session / Congregational Board and all the people on the waiting list. There was great enthusiasm from the community and Lomond Community Gardens & Allotments Association was formed in October 2013. We were delighted that West Dumbarton Council provided a project grant and contracted a local company, Greenlight, to establish 10 plots and access path. Work started during a very wet spring in February, but by July we could see all the plots flourishing.

The ‘allotmenteers’ presented the church with a basket of plenty for Harvest Thanksgiving and we used the veggies to make soup and sweet lunch for the congregation. We raised over £650 for Water Aid as our Harvest Appeal. The Allotment group have agreed that £5 of their annual fee of £25 will be a donation to Water Aid. The group have been recognised by Keep Scotland Beautiful as a developing site, and are bidding for funding to add more plots, a poly-tunnel, community orchard and a bee-hive. Several of the home-owners who overlook the site at the back of the church have joined the association and a local nursery is interested in having some raised beds for the children to grow their own food.

Mary Sweetland
Eco-Convenor, Alexandria Parish Church, Balloch

 

Before – January 2014

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After – July 2014

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Basket of Plenty for Harvest Thanksgiving

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Write an article for our newsletter.

We would be interested in publishing articles from registered eco-congregations on our web site news page and in our monthly newsletter. So, if your congregation has done anything interesting recently why not write this up and send it to manager@ecocongregationscotland.org ?

We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.

A “Feast” of ideas, information, news and views available at this year’s Local Networks Seminar!

The Local Networks Seminar 2014  will take place on Saturday 6th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls.

We hope you agree the programme (menu!) available here sets out an exciting and challenging day. It is, in fact, a “feast” for all those involved with our local networks aimed at providing food for thought for the year ahead!

It is important that as many networks as possible are represented at the Seminar and we have already circulated an invitation to network co-ordinators and key network members. However, we are now opening the invitation out to all network members but, as space is limited, please book early to avoid disappointment!

TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR: please email margaret@ecocongregation.org.uk with your name, network and church by Monday 25th August.

Dunblane Cathedral is about a 5 minute walk from the train station, up the Main Street (see http://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/Location.html) . Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh arrive in Dunblane approx. every 30 minutes and some trains from the North also stop at Dunblane, although it may be necessary to go through to Stirling and change. There are also some intercity buses that stop in Dunblane. If it is necessary for you to come by car, please let us know if you are able to offer a lift.