Category Archives: South-Lanarkshire

2013 Local Networks Seminar

The 2013 Local Networks Seminar took place on 7th September in Dunblane Cathedral Halls.  The Seminar is organised to provide  an opportunity for networking between the networks, to provide ideas for action and for networks to give feedback to ECS.  This year 14 of our 17 networks were represented and they participated in discussions ranging from “Ways of Understanding the Human Role in Creation” to looking at issues such as plastic recycling, recruitment and personal lifestyles.  Swap Sessions on ideas for network activities were also a main feature of the day.

A full report of the Seminar can be downloaded here.

Local Networks Seminar 2013 Report

South Lanarkshire Eco-Congregation Network Meeting – 18th September 2013

The South Lanarkshire Network of Eco-Congregation Scotland invites you and members of your congregation to their next meeting on Wednesday 18th September, 7.30pm at Burnside Building of Burnside Blairbeth Church, Church Avenue, Rutherglen, Burnside G73 5BX, when the Reverend Trevor Jamison, Environmental Chaplain, Eco-Congregation Scotland will be giving a talk about “Looking at the Bible through Green-Tinted Lenses”:   reading the Bible as an inspiration for environmental action.

We would be grateful if you were able to have this meeting included in the intimations or notices which go out at your services and a poster for this event is available to download (below) for printing out and display in your church buildings/halls.

We look forward to seeing you there!

130918 South Lanarkshire Poster


A chance to tell your Travelling Tales

Stop Climate Chaos

Would you like to give up your car or other high carbon transport for six weeks and share your experience with others?

Stop Climate Chaos is looking for a small group of volunteers from around Scotland to join its travelling tales project.  To do so we will ask you to try to use low carbon travel for six weeks this autumn and to blog about it.

We are looking for someone from an eco-congregation to volunteer. We can’t pay you but Stop Climate Chaos will provide help with blogging and with sharing your stories.

If you are up for this challenge and for the chance to influence Scotland’s great transport debate you can find out more at : or by ringing Gail Wilson at Stop Climate Chaos on 0131 243 2701

Looking for funding? CCF Surgeries across Scotland this summer.

Keep Scotland Beautiful will be providing free Climate Challenge Fund application and funding advice for community groups at 10 locations across Scotland in July and August.

A presentation will introduce the CCF which will be followed by a Q&A session and a one-to-one advice surgery. There will also be case studies from currently funded CCF projects and advice on other grants and support available.

In total, 563 projects across Scotland have received over £46.9 million in CCF funding to reduce carbon footprint and make community improvements. Time is running out apply for grants up to £150,000 per year with the next applications deadlines in September 2013 and January 2014.

CCF grants have funded community owned buildings including church halls to install energy efficient measures and community group projects to provide local energy efficiency advice. They have also funded community growing spaces and local projects to help people move away from their cars towards lower carbon transport alternatives.

Development grants of £750 are available to help disadvantaged communities and ethnic minority communities to get their CCF applications off the ground while projects led young people are supported through the Junior Climate Challenge Fund.

All groups applying for CCF funding can count on support from a Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful, who manage the fund on behalf of the Scottish Government. Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow.

The events are free, but attendees are asked to register via the online signup available via the events page of

Locations for the funding surgeries will include:



Oban, 12th

Hamilton, 17th

Penicuik, 18th

Inverness, 23rd

Ullapool, 24th

Stornoway, 25th



Ayr, 8th TBC

Clydebank, 9th

Falkirk, 16th TBC

Paisley, TBC


David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“Climate Challenge Fund grants have been important in supporting community groups across Scotland to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their local areas. ”

“The Climate Challenge Fund is open for applications and I hope many community groups will attend these free events to learn how the CCF can help them achieve their goals. The Fund can provide grants up to £150,000 per year in support of community projects – seeking to help make local communities more sustainable places to live and work. The event will be useful for everyone – from those who have never heard of the CCF before, right through to groups who have a specific project in mind.”

Picnic Praise at David Livingstone Centre Blantyre on Sunday 23rd June at 1pm

Picnic Praise

This summer the David Livingstone Centre are hosting a “Picnic Praise” afternoon that has been organised by the staff at the centre along with Calderside Chaplaincy Team with the support of Hamilton Presbytery.

This event is open to all from across the region and particular encouragement is given to churches to make this an outing this summer. The activities are appropriate for all ages. Please bring a blanket and picnic with you.

•Praise Concert led by Fischy Music

•Traditional games

•Play area for young children
•Bouncy castle
•Face painting
•Tours of Museum
•Scavenger Hunt
•Large park area

Sunday 23 June 2013
1-4 p.m.
David Livingstone Centre

Mini-Gathering in Aberdeen Oct 2012

The report from the Mini-Gathering in Aberdeen held on the 22nd October is now available.

People from 13 congregations came to event, which aimed to inspire and equip congregations for their Eco-Congregation journey. Speakers from Cults Parish Church, Skene Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Parish Church shared their Eco-Congregation plans and achievement. We heartily recommend reading the report if you are looking for inspiration or curious to find out how other congregations carry out their Eco-Congregation journey. 

Rev. Ewan Aitken also gave an inspirational sermon prior to the gathering and abseiled off the Forth bridge for charity later the same day.

You can read the full report by clicking on the link: Report on Mini Gathering 2012

We wish to thank everyone who made this gathering such a success. Especially the wonderful speakers from Cults Parish Church, Skene Parish Church and Queen’s Cross Parish Church.