Starting out can be the most daunting part of any project.
We can help you get underway on your journey to becoming a more environmentally sustainable church.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Talk to your congregation at a service. Involve the community. Maybe hold a themed event.
Think about the language you use. Be positive about the change you want to see. And try to think about what will engage different people.
Include a wide range of people and ideally those with responsibilities for the building and for worship.
Use the eco church survey tool to see where you are and what you could improve.
Think about how you can include environmental thinking in everything you do.
Use timescales. And choose specific people to lead on particular actions.
- Review successes and failures
- Celebrate achievements
Faith communities are places where those small groups of thoughtful and committed citizens are found. We are not perfect. We are not uniform. But we are communities of hope whose values lead us to work for change …to bring about a more sustainable world.Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford
Engaging your community
Be welcoming, active, and tolerant. And have fun.
You will attract people to your church and give them a positive reason to get involved.Traditional forms of written communication are important
Explain your work using a good:
The process of putting together public materials is useful in helping you decide your main messages.
Especially for publicising events.
Have an emailing list for your congregation and for others who may also be interested.
It’s important to have an internet presence. Try:
- A webpage: with your leaflet’s text and contact details
- A Facebook or Twitter account
- A Church Near You
These are quick and simple to set up. And are very useful for getting your message out there.
Have conversations with friends, neighbours and work colleagues.
Encourage them to display and take ownership of your message (e.g. posters in their shop windows, badges, t-shirts, stickers, etc.)
Always try to think of new, eye-catching ways of reaching people (e.g. banners, games, competitions, songs, etc.)
Some people find the subject of climate change too vast to tackle.
Linking in with other, more familiar areas is a great way of engaging people.
The environment is a theme that can bring people of different traditions and faiths together (or even those with no faith). Try:
- Tree planting with prayers
- A big community lunch
- New liturgies and forms of worship
Show topical films at special events (e.g. screen Before the Floor on Earth Day)
Use a short film at the start of a service, meeting or event to get people engaged.