Category Archives: West-Lothian

Livingston United Parish Church Silver Award

Creation Time Activity – Map of Scotland in stones.

We are delighted to announce that Livingston United Parish Church, Nether Dechmont Community Centre, Livingston has been awarded an Eco-Congregation Scotland Bronze Award on 06/09/2019 in recognition of their work and commitment to caring for creation.

Livingston United Parish Church were especially commended by the assessors for the level of involvement of many individuals in the planning and the continuing good communication links, as well as the way communications are made.

They were also commended for the way they embed creation themes into worship, prayer and learning. A foundation in spiritual living & worship is embedded in the ethos of the worship team in promoting all matters of environmental & peace and justice concern. This is achieved in a variety of ways with all ages and places on the journey included.

Also noted for special commendation were the number of varied actions and creative activities available to the congregation and local community which continue to be supported as well as the evident embedding of the eco congregation values into what they are doing.

Eco Awareness Stand

Interested in becoming an assessor?

Have you ever considered becoming an assessor for our new eco-awards?  Perhaps you would like to join our volunteer team.  Volunteer assessors work in pairs to read award applications, then visit a congregation to discuss the application in a friendly and supportive way.  It’s a great way to find out what other eco-congregations are up to.

If you are interested, why not come along to a no-commitment award assessor training workshop to find out what is involved?  The next workshop has been arranged for Wednesday 4th September, 7 – 9pm, in the Robertson Room, St. Anne’s Parish Church, Corstorphine, Edinburgh.

Places limited, so booking essential – please contact David Bethune, coordinator@ecocongregationscotland.org to book a place.

Livingston United Parish Church celebrates Bronze Award.

Photo by Lorna Burgoyne

Here is Livingston United Parish Church family celebrating its’ recent Eco-Congregation Bronze Award. Neil Findlay MSP presented the plaque to the Eco-team and a daffodil mosaic to Hilary Henderson who retired after a decade of running the Traidcraft stall. The worship service planned by Eco members, Rev Stephanie Njeru and Rev Ron Greig incorporated a “Touch the Earth Lightly” practical theme of sprinkling water over plants, to bring new life; removing some garden weeds to represent cleansing; planting bulbs, which hold promise; mixing bird seed with peanut butter to represent feeding and the creation of a vine leaf prayer tree. The Eco-team are now working towards their silver award with a litter pick + Love our Street Trees community event on 30 September 2018.

Big Green Coffee Morning at South Queensferry, Saturday 26th May

Queensferry Parish Church are holding a coffee morning on the Saturday 26th May (10.00-12.00) about how not to use plastic. They will have stalls for the from Any But Plastic and the One World shop as well as information from Zero Waste Scotland, Changeworks, The Marine Conservation Society and others – so it promises to be very informative as well as getting a good cup of coffee in a non plastic cup!

St Ninian’s Craigmailen receives Gold Eco-Congregation Award

St Ninians Craigmailen Church Linlithgow was recently awarded a Gold Eco-Congregation Award. This photograph shows the eco group from the church and a member of the Brownie Guides receiving their plaque. This is our highest award, currently only held by three congregations.

Our award assessors said:

“Clearly there is a strong, and enthusiastic, small team who lead and
initiate Eco-congregation activities. Overall, this congregation came across as being vibrant and
enthusiastic, providing good examples collectively and individually as well as clearly making a
difference locally, nationally and internationally. They deserve the Gold award and will provide a
good example to other churches of what can be achieved in a small to medium sized congregation.
Well done, may your enthusiasm continue to develop and inspire the next generation.”

To find out how your congregation can apply for an award click here.