This is a copy of the Creation Care Policy of St John's Hartley Wintney.
It has been put online to share with those who came to the "Greening the Church Workshop" and for all who may be interested to make suc a policy for their church.
St. John's Creation Care Policy
'The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it.' (Psalm 24:1, NRSV)
Caring for God's creation is part of our duty as Christians. As a church, we want to be good stewards of all that God has given us and to set an example for the wider world. This policy has been drawn up to support this intent and to give a greater profile to green issues generally within the church.
At St. John's , we:
that the earth's ability to support life is being damaged as a result of climate change, most likely caused in the main by human activities 1
that, relative to other countries, the industrialised world has contributed most to climate change
the extent to which our personal lifestyles contribute to climate change
that it is the poor of our world who are the first to suffer from the impact of global climate change
concern for the earth and all that is in it is a responsibility of all Christian people as stewards of God's creation and thus an essential part of our discipleship
the earth and all life is a gift from God, created out of love, and our only response must be to care for it
the injustice innate in climate change makes it of particular importance to Christians
of the part we have played in damaging creation and accept God's generous and continuous forgiveness through Jesus Christ
to try to live in a way which minimises damage to God's creation.
In keeping with this policy we will:
Monitor energy use and improve energy efficiency wherever possible and practicable
Be responsible in our use of paper (by printing double-sided, using A5 instead of A4 where possible, using email instead of print whenever possible)
Promote reuse and recycling and the use of recycled paper and other materials
Use crockery rather than disposable cups and plates when practicable
Purchase only Fairtrade coffee and tea for use in church. 2
Generally use tap water rather than bottled water
Encourage prayer about the issues surrounding God's creation
Take environmental considerations into account when making PCC decisions
Try to focus on environmental issues on one Sunday each year
Have a "car-awareness" Sunday each year with the aim of reducing car use
Make house group leaders aware that this is an issue for all Christians and support them with appropriate resources if they choose to study it in their house groups
Communicate this policy, its rationale and benefits to the church family and other hall users
Encourage members to consider their impact on creation, particularly in relation to church activities (e.g. method of travel to church, trips to mission partners, food for church functions).
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in 2007 that most of the observed increase in global average temperatures since the mid-20 th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations. (See www.ipcc.ch )
Fairtrade criteria can include environmental management.
Creation Care includes the care of people, who are themselves part of God's creation.