Church Working Party
On the 1st April from 10am we will be planting up a wildlife area by the side of church full of plants that are good for birds and pollinators. Below is a list of plants that we are requesting if you have any to donate.
- Berberis darwinii or Berberis thunbergii
- Hardy Fuschia
- Flowering currant
- Guelder rose
- Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
- Wallflower (Erysimum)
- Foxglove (Digitalis)
Lent Challenge – 2017
We heard on Environment Sunday (Sunday 26th February 2017) that we must re-discover our role in God’s purposes as caretakers of His creation. We need to act and to respond to the growing environmental and social crisis. Everyone has part to play and if we all act and work together we can make a difference.
During the 6 weeks of Lent we invite you to choose and complete one action each week.
- Big Church Switch. A joint initiative between Christian Aid and Tearfund. Switch your energy supply from fossil fuels to renewables. https://www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk/ . The burning of fossil fuels to heat and light are homes are a major source of carbon emission which contribute to climate change.
- Meat-free Monday – Livestock agriculture contributes to manmade climate change; arguably as much as every car, plane truck and ship on the planet! It also requires a lot of land; 5-10 times more is needed than if we ate a vegan diet. Check out http://www.meatfreemondays.com/ for more information and recipe ideas
- Have a car-free day. A quarter of all car journeys are less than 2 miles in length. Next time you make a short journey could you walk or cycle instead? This will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and congestion and improve air quality.
- Twin your toilet(s). More than a third of the world’s population do not have access to a toilet. By twinning your toilet(s) you can help those in poverty have access to a proper toilet and clean water. http://www.toilettwinning.org/
- Switch one of your regular grocery products to a Fairtrade one. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products available so look out for the Fairtrade symbol. You can find out more about Fairtrade products here: http://fairtrade.org.uk/en/buying-fairtrade
- Monitor your gas and electricity use at home (take monthly readings) and identify and try to implement ways to reduce it. Not only will this save you money but it will help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, one of causes of climate change. The Energy Saving Trust has lots of useful ideas on saving energy in the home http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/energy-saving-quick-wins
If you are already doing any or have already done all of the above (or are unable to do them) then why not take a look at ‘Living Lightly – Take Action’, produced by A Rocha, for more ideas.
Simple and practical ways for us and our church to to care for God’s Earth
If you’d like to get involved and be part of a St Barnabas Environment Group, or just want to find out more about our Eco Church journey, then please speak to Judith Beard. She can usually be found on Sundays during coffee time or in the 10.45am service. Or contact the church office: 01962 886629 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling plastic bottle tops
Did you know you can bring your plastic milk bottle tops to St Barnabas Church and we will recycle them for you? It reduces domestic waste and it raises money for charity!
Bring any clean plastic bottle tops (with a 2 in a triangle inside) and place them in the box to the left of the Church Foyer. We will collect them up and take them to the charity bins in Eastleigh. We have been able to recycle 12 sacks full to support Red Rose Association, Southampton Eye Hospital and New Forest Mencap.