Churn Churches Climate Action Group.

ALL WELCOME to the next CCCA group meeting. It is to be held online on June 24th at 8pm. The link is as follows https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81276698807 We are hoping to continue our discussions on Advocacy and lobbying our ministers and local council members. We will hopefully also continue to look at what it means to be an Eco Church. For further information do contact Penny Brassell on 01235 850082 or at penny@brassell.org.uk

What a weekend to celebrate and recognise World Environment Day! And what a busy weekend it was.

The Astons ‘No Mow’ month proved popular and highlighted the importance of encouraging biodiversity in our grasses and garden. ‘SCAREMOW 2021. Huge thanks to all the villagers who left their lawn to grow through the month of May and to the PCC and Tom Coates for leaving the paths, verges, and churchyards un-mown. There were some fabulous Scaremows on display around the village. Naomi Simmonds deserves so much credit for her fabulous family of scaremows and George Curtis must get an award for the most original design. Well done to the Pickens Family and Sharon for their brilliant entries and finally thanks to Vic Gilson for coming up with the idea.’ They also held a family service on Sunday at 9am at the church.

Blewbury had an exhibition of children’s Artwork in the church linking the symbolism of the ‘tree of life’ for us as individuals as well as a church and community. And following on from this we had an outdoor service in glorious sunshine on the Play Close where over 40 people attended with all ages from 1 to 92! And we sang!

There was also a display in Hagbourne church with information on local environmental groups and what is ‘already happening in the village and beyond, to encourage and maintain the biodiversity of the village.’’ Some ideas coming forward might be to leave a wider margin for wildlife when cutting the grass in the churchyard, whether Sunday school or playgroup could build an insect hotel in the churchyard and provide water for wildlife.’ They also held their 6pm Evening Prayer on the theme of the Environment.

And as well as the 10:30am online service the Moretons held an afternoon service on a similar theme! Praise be to God!

The National Eco Church Scheme

An accreditation scheme for churches who want to demonstrate that the Gospel is Good News for God's earth. The vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

It is designed to equip churches to express our care for God's world through:

  • worship and teaching
  • looking after our buildings
  • looking after our land
  • engaging with our local communities and in global campaigns
  • encouraging reflection upon personal lifestyle choices.

The Churn Churches Climate Action group will support churches in the Churn Benefice who would like to work towards achieving the status of Eco Church. All expertise we gain under these five action areas could be made available, working with our village conservation groups, to members of our congregation for their homes, gardens and personal choices - ‘Eco Homes’.

More information is available from the Churn Benefice Centre Office (01235 850267) and from Penny Brassell, Maranda St John Nicolle, George Curtis, Jo Lakeland, Rev Louise Butler, Val Stevens, Mary Harrison and Roger Murphy and others in the Benefice.

If you or your church is interested in hearing more about this do please contact our CCCA group through any of the above-named.

 

Using the Eco Church Scheme

Eco Church is sponsored the international conservation group A ROCHA International  (The Rock), which is a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation. The scheme encourages nature conservation and monitors Church activity in the following areas:

  • Worship and teaching. Contact the Revd. Louise for more on this subject.
  • Management of church buildings. We believe that measures to make our church buildings Eco-friendlier may also be applicable to Eco-friendly homes. See the Oxfordshire Cosy Homes Scheme on how to get advice on this. The first step is for a Retrofit Assessor to come and assess your whole house to find out everything we need to know about your existing energy usage and the building itself. Contact Roger Murphy for further details.
  • Management of church land.  Again, it is thought that measures taken in churchyards and church owned land may be applicable to garden or land projects elsewhere. We are already in touch with HUGS in Hagbourne and Upton for their advice on matter such as Tree planting.
  • Community and global engagement. There is no shortage of information on the rising global temperatures causing changes to our climate and the extreme events taking place across the Globe - storms, floods, fires, drought. We hope to be able to point to a limited number of sources of information to give an overall picture. We may approach this in the spirit of optimism. What can be achieved by human ingenuity if given enough impetus? We could reverse human contribution to global warming. We can store carbon in ‘life’!

Click here for links to a Conversation between the Dalai lama and Greta Thornberg.

The Group hopes to highlight organisations that exert political pressure on governments so that resource is applied - see the Tear Fund Reboot campaign.

Contact George Curtis for more about community and global engagement.

  • Lifestyle. Where do we get the impetus for changes in our lifestyle? - A clear shared understanding of an imminent and present danger. Our human responsibility is to protect our planet but this impacts against our human rights as individuals to survive, prosper, enjoy the Creation and to multiply.

Possible ways to make a difference

  1. Individual choice: Cutting down on hot water, food choices, less travel. Colder homes, shallower baths, shorter showers, minimise food waste, buy local seasonal food, more vegetarian diets.
  2. Individual actions: Less waste, better building insolation, install solar power, heat pumps, electric cars, car sharing, plant trees.
  3. Political Pressure: Green planning regs, Green supply chain for food - less deforestation, less waste, better packaging, local; More wind farms, especially on high ground, solar power, import of solar power from warm countries, tidal power, nuclear power? Electricity storage, electric busses, trucks, trains, even perhaps aeroplanes? Mass tree planting. Invest in climate engineering to adsorb CO2.