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The assessors particularly identified the following for commendation:
❖ the extent to which care for the earth has been integrated into the worship of the congregation
(clearly not something that is done just once a year);
❖ contacts outwith the immediate congregation seem to be wide and close, particularly with
Christian Aid and with Lamboi in India;
❖ attempts to reach out to the local community, and wonder if this could be extended to include
the likes of the Community Garden;
❖ the church’s weekly information sheet is clearly a very important source of communication not
just to church members but, more importantly, to the general public, and should be made
available to all centre users during the week;
❖ the use of website/Facebook – it is hoped that gaining the eco-award will figure prominently
Congratulations to Inverkip Parish Church on achiving their First Award! They were commended for their ‘enthusiastic team, who are capable of pushing further improvement following recommendations, an asset to the community.’
In case you missed it, the congregation has been shortlisted to receive a Church Times Green Church Award.
We’re always looking for new ways Eco-Congregations can get involved in the wider environmental movement and recently we’ve been talking to RSPB Scotland about the Glasgow ‘Wild-Fest‘ and plans to celebrate the spirit of the Garden Festival on its 30th Anniversary in 2018.
RSPB Scotland will be working with partners, organisations and community gardens right across the city, and holding events suitable for all ages and a wide range of interests. They’re inviting Eco-Congregations across the city to join them!
As part of Wildfest this year (see image), there are opportunities to join in with the bioblitz in Glasgow Botanic Gardens, or enjoy a picnic to live chamber music at the Hidden Gardens. Take a walk through Partick to find out more about the project to save Glasgow’s house sparrows, or take part in a bat walk, minibeast hunts, and more.
You don’t need to know anything about wildlife, and you certainly don’t need to own a pair of binoculars!
In 2018, RSPB Scotland is looking to reignite the spirit of the Garden Festival with a big event and is eager Eco-Congregations who wish to take part to get in touch and help shape it. We’re certainly keen for congregations to show-case how the church is caring for creation and participate in bringing the festival together.
We’ll be setting up a local meeting in Glasgow later this year and we encourage anyone who is interested to come along. It is an opportunity to meet people of other eco-congregations in the area as well as hear about the Wild-Fest project and how your congregation can be a part of the festival in 2018.
Events will also be taking place in Edinburgh, so if you are interested to know more about that – get in touch!
If you think you might be interested or want to know more about the plans, you can get in touch with David Bethune at email@example.com
Glasgow Potato Day Sunday 26th February 11am – 3pm at the Reidvale Neighbourhood Centre 13 Whitevale St, Dennistoun Glasgow, G31 1QW.
The place to buy your seed potatoes (you can buy as little as one tuber!) for the coming season as well as onion sets, garlic, Kings seeds and sundry items. There will be a seed swap table & workshops and the Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre will be helping children make garden themed masks and puppets. The Barrowband will perform their Potato Song, as well as others, at 1pm. After all that you’ll need a cuppa in the cafe. Free Entry, all welcome.
If you would like to contact the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, Nadia Winnick, Community Liaison Officer, may be a useful place to start. She can be contacted on:
Energy Saving Scotland advice centre | The Wise Group | 72 Charlotte Street | Glasgow | G1 5DW | T 0141 552 0799 | E firstname.lastname@example.org