Booking is now open for the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering on April 25 2015.
Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2015
Preparing For Paris
Saturday 25th April 2015, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk.
(Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)
Booking form (PDF File)
Booking form with full workshop, speaker and travel details (Word Format)
Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government
Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland
About our Annual Gathering
This December leaders from around the world will meet in Paris to try and reach an international agreement on climate change. Come along to our Annual Gathering to find our what the Scottish government and voluntary organisations are doing to put pressure on world leaders for an agreement on climate change, and how to make your voice head. We will also have practical workshops on making your congregations more climate-friendly.
The historic St Michael’s Parish Church in Linlithgow was awarded a Climate Challenge Fund grant to run the EMPOWERING St Michael’s and Linlithgow project to replace inefficient lighting in the ‘Grade A’ listed building with modern LED technology. The LED lighting will substantially reduce electricity consumption and carbon emissions and aims to inspire the community to take similar action at home.
The grant was used to fund:
- Installation of LED lighting and rewiring costs.
- Awareness raising campaign – promotional and display items.
- LED bulbs and energy monitors for community to try in own homes before buying.
- Office / administration costs.
For a full case study information sheet click here (PDF file).
Here is a video of the new lights being switched on:
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!
On Wednesday 12th November the children from the primary school in Avonbridge, six miles south of Falkirk, participated in a short service at their local United Reformed Church. The occasion was a celebration of work done by children in the school to reclaim and improve the church gardens.
As a school with two Eco-School awards Avonbridge Primary was very open to the invitation from the church which combined environmental themes with community engagement. From the congregation’s perspective this was an opportunity to build links with a local school and address creation issues at the church.
The relationship continues and grows, with children producing a large scale art work for use by the church at Christmas and Easter. This is an encouragement to other churches and schools to explore how they might work together on environmental issues and grow community links at the same time.
Some members of the gardening team with church member, Clive McGrory and minister, Revd John Bremner
Workers in the midst of the developing church garden
Children from Avonbridge Primary School with their art work for the church. Also in the picture, minister, John Bremner, church members and (extreme right) Revd Trevor Jamison, Eco Congregation Scotland Environmental Chaplain
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ?
We will put the article on our news page, local network page and consider it for inclusion in our newsletter.