Alexandria Parish Church has recently achieved their 1st Award as an Eco-Congregation. The award, supported by the Eco-Congregation Scotland charity, recognises the work the congregation have done to weave environmental issues into its mission and outreach. As well as encouraging recycling and caring for God’s world, when they replaced the pews in the Church with comfortable chairs, they donated them to the Grassmarket Recycling of Wood Project in Edinburgh (GROW). This Charity teaches wood working skills to the unemployed, reusing wood to produce new gifts and items. The Eco-Congregation Scotland Award plaques are made by this charity, which may mean future award plaques may be a recycled Alexandria Parish Church pew!
The Award plaque was unveiled by Mr Stephen Alexander, from Helensburgh, a member of the Eco-Congregation Scotland Board. Lomond Ward Councillors, Martin Rooney, and Hazel Sorrell also dropped in at the Church’s Book Room and Fairtrade Café to support the environmental work of the local congregation.
In the photo from right ot left: Stephen Alexander (Trustee, Eco-Congregation Scotland), Councillor Jackie Sorrell; Mary Sweetland (Eco-Congregation Convener Alexandria Parish Church); Councillor Martin Rooney
A big thank you to Helensburgh and Lomond Network for raising £140 during the jointly organised coffee morning! They did really well under stiff competition from other events in the area. There were information stands, the FoodPrint game, beekeepers and of course refreshments for sale. A great initiative which we hope will inspire other networks and eco-congregations.
Many thanks to Elizabeth Lambert for sharing these wonderful photos with us:
We are proud to announce that Jackie Baillie MSP will present the Eco-Congregation Scotland award to Alexandria Parish Church on Saturday 23rd June at 10:30am.
The Fairtrade Cafe and the Bookroom will be open and the event is open to anyone who would like to attend! Please click on the link for directions: http://www.alexandriaparishchurch.co.uk/
Twenty volunteers from the three Eco-congregations in Helensburgh cleaned the beach from Kidston Park to Cairndhu.
The rubbish had mainly been washed up from the River Clyde, but there was also a large amount of peoples food litter. The group removed several large items of furniture, piping and pallets. The smaller items in great number were plastic bottle tops and cotton bud sticks. The local churches do this beach clean each year. This year there were fewer big items like tyres, but more smaller items like cans and bottles. The beach would look so much better, if people took more care disposing of their rubbish.
Pictured below are some of the Eco-Congregation volunteers.
Alexandria Parish Church situated on the shores of Loch Lomond has received their 1st Eco-Congregation Award. Congratulations!
Principally the award was awarded for:
– The strong leadership and support for the incorporation of environmental stewardship in Christian life demonstrated by the clergy.
– Imaginative re-use of materials, most notably the recycling of the wood from the old pine pews as bookcases and the creation of a library of books and DVD’s for the church community.
Well done and enjoy the sunshine!