The latest edition of the Old and Abbey Church newsletter is out. This includes an article about Earth Hour. Arbroath now has three eco-congregations: Old and Abbey, St Thomas and the newest St Andrew’s.
We, as an established eco-congregation, will do our utmost to encourage the remaining churches in Arbroath to establish an eco psychology and eventually become established eco-congregations.
Hopefully, in the future, all the Arbroath churches can participate jointly in projects of an ecological nature.
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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.
We now have 117 award-winning congregations with more joining their numbers all the time – why not join them!
St Andrew’s Church, Arbroath have just received their first Eco-Congregation Award! The assessors particularly commended the church on their leadership ethos and fabric work carried out to the church building. Congratulations!
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!
The report and summary report from the Local Networks Seminar held on 6th September are now available to download. You can access them here:
Messy Church is an approach to Church and Faith that is:
- Family based.
- Craft and activity based.
- Promotes values that are faith centred.
- Is for all ages and is based on Creativity, Hospitality and Celebration.
My colleague Rev Linda Stevens who is our team minister has been doing Messy Church for three years or so and has a wealth of experience and ideas. Recently Linda led a Messy Earth and a collage of pictures is shown above to give you a flavour. There was snacks, craft work, singing, talk and prayer. We run 6 Messy Church services a year and they take place at the same time as the 11.15 service in the Sanctuary. Attendance is between 60 and 80 parents and children.
The collage shows:
- Messy Volcano.
- Creation Cakes.
- Re-cycled bottle bird feeder.
- Bird seeds for feeder.
- Local bee keeper speaking about how we can help preserve our bees.
- Wild flower seeds in envelopes to sow and encourage bees/wildlife.
- Creation tins.
- Ladybirds opened up to reveal the scripture with the scripture “God said …..I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals.” – Genesis 1:28. We also had this scripture on the sides of the wild flower envelopes.
I would like to suggest that we develop a Messy Church resource as part of our Eco-Congregation work.
Rev Malcolm Rooney
Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church
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 email@example.com ?
We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.