Earth Care
Bradford Diocese
Earth Care
(last updated 16 May 2014)
www.bdec.org.uk

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(At some stage this will be incorporated with/ run in conjunction with emails for the rest of the West Yorkshire and Dales areas)

Upcoming Events

Sun 18 May: Annual Lambing Service - Wenningside Farm, Keasden - 7pm - All welcome 1 June - Environment Service for Environment Sunday: St John's Ben Rhydding: Speaker Caonon Andy Willams of Bradford Cathedral. 10am. all welcome.

24 May: Four events at Ingleton:

Lichens Workshop for Beginners and Launch of Self Guided Lichens Trail at St Mary's Churchyard, Ingleton 10am (£5)

Mosses Workshop for Beginners at Chapel le Dale Churchyard 2pm-4pm -(£10) includes handouts

Wildflowers of Ingleton Churchyard (6pm-7pm free) led by Doris Cairns who has produced a book on this topic illustrated by her watercolour paintings

"Flowers of the Settle Carlisle Line" - Illustrated Talk by Judith Allinson, held at Ingleton Church room at the back of the church. 7pm for 7.30pm to 8.30pm (£5-00 donation for Rainforest Fund and St Mary's

2 June: Visit to Fairfield "EcoHouse" at Burton in Lonsdale. Jacob's Join Picnic tea (drinks provided) - organised by Churches Together and Settle and District with special invitation to Bradford Diocese( as was) Earth Care and all interested - details: ja@bdec.org.uk 01729 822138

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EarthCare News 22: updated in Aug 2013- still most of it is relevant -(For older News see below)

1. Launch of Wildflowers of the Churchyard - book at Ingleton church - waterclour paintings and fascinating identification tips on identification and meanings of names.

6. ECO-CONGREGATION - Entering for this is very easy. Sometime people think the initial audit looks a big hurdle but it is not, and it is a good tool to get people thinking.

Churches within the Bradford Diocese Area that have gained EcoCongregation Status:

St John the Evangelist Hurst Green, Nr Clitheroe Dec 2003 - June 2008 - July 2012 - Three Awards!
Baildon Methodist - Jan 2009 - March 2012 - Two Awards!
St Mary's Ingleton - Jul 24 2011
Bradford Cathedra
l - Two Awards: June 2013 and June 2010
Menston Methodist, Nr Ilkley - Sept 2008 -
Holy Trinity Skipton - June 2005

And in the rest of Yorkshire and nearby:

 

St Edmund's Church, Roundhay, Leeds, July 2013
St Luke's York - Aug 2012
St Chad's, Leeds Oct 2005 - Dec 2008 - Feb 2012 Three Awards
Homforth Methodist Church Feb 2012
St Paul's, Scotforth (near Lancaster) Feb 2012
St Mark's Broomhill Sheffield Nov 2012 Two Awards!
Eccleshall, Sheffield Nov 2010
Westborough Methodist, Scarborough Nov 2010 Two Awards!
Leyland Methodist Church, Lancs. March 2010
Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Office - 2010
Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston Feb 2009
St John Southworth RC/Christ Church Meth LEP, Nelson Oct 2008
Barnard Castle, Co Durham July 2008
St Andrew's URC Roundhay Leeds: Two awards: - feb 2013 - March - 2008
Gildersome Baptist Leeds - Feb 2008 Two Awards!
St Leonard's Balderstone, Blackburn - May 2007
St Mary's Beighton Sheffield July 2006
St Mark's Harrogate - July 2005
Wakefield Baptist April 2002

2. Are you doing something special for CreationTide? (1 Sept - 4Oct) Do let us know.

Lots of resources on green themes (e.g. sermons and prayers on the lectionary readings for the Sunday during this period) available from new Eco-Congregation Scotland Material

3. Watch the 2013 video about Green Activities in churches of Northern England - Eco-Congregation
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICszjlXb1dQ
www.youtube.com/
www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFxoS28ABQk (Trailer)

Or send off for a DVD or the film.

4. The New Diocesan Environment Officer is Rod Anderson. We wish him all the best in this post
5. Churchyard Mosses Identification for Beginners Days have been held at
2 Feb: Giggleswick and
23 Feb: Ingleton . Participants learned to recognise some very common mosses that will probably grow in their own churchyards. Even if you go away only having learned five mosses you will know more about mosses than 99% of the UK polulation!. So give it a go.
6. LOVE LIFE, LIVE LENT booklets 2013 were launched. . http://bit.ly/Ye4DIj They usually have some eco-tips in them.

 

News added in 2012 (For older News see below)

  1. Stop press:- Bradford Cathedral to host green event on 15 September 2012 - Download Flier for 15 Sept 2012
    God’s Word on God’s World - Living as Green Disciples -
    Bradford Cathedral 10.30am-4pm 15 Sept
    Speaker: Rev David Bookless of A Rocha. Welcomeme and Act of
    worship at 10.30am led by Bishop Nick Baines of Bradford.
    More details from jonathan.nicholas@bradford.anglican.org
    or chris.aldred@bradfordcathedral.org at www.bradfordcathedral.org

  2. Dave Bookless will also be preaching at the Cathedral on Sunday 16th September at 10.15am

  3. Rogation Services - the Bradford Diocese has more Rogation services and similar lambing services listed than any other Diocese

  4. Each deanery now has a "Green Apostle" - or Green coordinator. Tthe ideal would be that each church and parish also has a green/eco person or team, and then the Green deanery Apostle would then facilitate and encourages the parish green people. If you would like to be involved at any level please contact your Green Apostle:

    Jean Bailey, Airedale Deanery   jean_richard@btinternet.com
    Rosie Tudge, Calverly Deanery   rosietudge@btinternet.com
    Marilyn Banister, Otley Deanery   marilyn@ecoworld.co.uk
    Margaret Barker, Bowland Deanery -   mbarker@austwick.org
    Andy Ive, Ewecross Deanery   andy.ive@btinternet.com
    Gerald Partridge, South Craven -  gerald.partridge@bradford.anglican.org
    Revd Jonathan Nicholas, Bowling and Horton Deanery
    jonathan.nicholas@bradford.anglican.org
    Skipton Deanery -- Green Apostle needed

  5. Bishop NickThe Conservation Value of habitats and land within the Bradford Diocese One tenth of the diocese is classified as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Find out why

  6. Bishop Nick presents Eco-Congregation Certificate to st Mary's, Ingleton 24 July 2011 (Right)

 

 

Lichens Day - Church Goes Wild at Hurst GreenBishop Nick (left)ascends Pen y Ghent

 

Items from
Bradford EarthCare News 14
sent on 6 July 2011

 

1. Green Apostles (Deanery Green Coordinators)- This is dealt with below.
For items 2 - 10 click on More details of July 2011 Earthcare News.
2. Upcoming events in the Bradford Diocese or nearby.
Other items:
3. Methodists commit to carbon reduction pledge
4. School Assemblies to be led by Churches Together in Allerton and
Fairweather Green 'Green Group' on Recycling and Renewable Energy
5. Important Wildflowers in Austwick Church Cemetery
6. Bishop's Walk up Pen y Ghent
7. Lichens at Hurst Green Church
8. Lambing Service at Keasden in May
9. Live Simply Awards
10. FAB - Farsley Alternative Bags

For items 2 - 10 click on More details of July 2011 Earthcare News.

1. GREEN APOSTLES (DEANERY GREEN COORDINATORS)

Each Deanery now has a "Green Apostle" - i.e. a Deanery Green
Coordinator. One of the roles of that person is to help and
encourage Parish Green/Environment Representatives. The "Apostles"
were appointed in 2010

Some Deaneries have held meetings where the Green Parish
Representatives can meet and encourage each other.

It is possible for individual parishes to have more than one green
representative.. indeed it is better because pairs or triplets of
people can support each other and get more going.

If you feel that looking after the environment is an
important issue please get in touch with your Deanery "Green Apostle"
(It doesn't matter whether you are "high up" in your local church
committees or just "fringe")
Similarly, if you know anyone else who might be interested, please
let them know.

Jean Bailey, Airedale Deanery jean_richard@btinternet.com
Rosie Tudge, Calverly Deanery rosietudge@btinternet.com
Marilyn Banister, Otley Deanery marilyn@ecoworld.co.uk
Margaret Barker, Bowland Deanery - mbarker@austwick.org
Andy Ive, Ewecross Deanery andy.ive@btinternet.com
Gerald Partridge, South Craven - gerald.partridge@bradford.anglican.org
Revd Jonathan Nicholas, Bowling and Horton Deanery
jonathan.nicholas@bradford.anglican.org
Skipton Deanery -- Green Apostle needed

More details of July 2011 Earthcare News No 14.

Bradford EcoCongregation Award

 

 

Items from Bradford EarthCare News 11 sent on 25 Aug 2010:

  1. Presentation of the EcoCongregation Award to Bradford Cathedral on 25 August 2010
  2. Talk on Solar-Voltaic Panels at Bradford Cathedral on 25 August 2010

 

 

Items from Bradford EarthCare News 06 and 07:

  1. Bradford Diocese EarthCare encourage people to take part in the Day of Prayer Re Climate Change on Sun 4 Oct 2009 .
    Settle and Allerton churches are leadiong the way. could your church take part?
  2. Encourage your church to take part in Eco-Congregation

 

Items from Bradford EarthCare News 03: sent out on 2 May 2009

The Earth Care Team promotes green church activity within the area of the Diocese of Bradford. It supports the Diocesan Environment Officer.

Gerald Partridge - Diocesan Environment Officer
                               - Bradford Green Fund Officer

Clare Hyde          - EcoCongregation Officer for rural areas and the west

Carole Birley    - Urban Environment Officer for Bradford and the east (includes Eco-Congregation) ;  
                           - Youth Conference Organiser

Judith Allinson - Communications Officer - Email distributor - Sends emails to the 80 people who
                              have expressed interest in Earth Care Green Activities in the
                               Bradford Diocese - webeditor: www.bdec.org.uk

Sam Randall - Bishop's Officer for Church in the World -

Several other people are involved with more general roles.

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ECOCONGREGATION

Entering for EcoCongregation is very easy.

Sometime people think the initial audit looks a big hurdle but it is not, and it is a good tool to get people thinking. Carol Birley and Clare Hyde are happy to come to a group at your church and run the session "Initial Audit" for you if you contact them.

Churches within the Bradford Diocese Area that have gained EcoCongregation Status:

Holy Trinity Skipton - June 2005 -
St John the Evangelist Hurst Green, Nr Clitheroe Dec 2003 - June 2008 -
Menston Methodist, Nr Ilkley - Sept 2008 -
Baildon Methodist - Jan 2009 -
Bradford Cathedral - June 2010
St Mary's Ingleton - Jul 24 2011

And Nearby:
Ripon and Leeds Diocesan Office - 2010
St Chad's, Leeds Oct 2005 2nd award - Dec 2008 -
St Andrew's URC Roundhay Leeds - March - 2008
Gildersome Baptist Leeds - - 2nd Award - Feb 2008
St Leonard's Balderstone, Blackburn - May 2007 -
St Mark's Harrogate - July 2005 -
Wakefield Baptist April 2002

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3. ROGATION TYPE SERVICES

For a good description of rogation day see
www.cofe-orcester.org.uk/pdf/RogationSunday21.05.06.pdf

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4. ENVIRONMENT SUNDAY 2011- 5 June - WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2011 - 5 June

 

Recent Bradford Diocesan synod at Tosside 21 June 2008 - had and environment motion

More pictures and a description of the day

 

Althea Shevill (right) organised LOAF food.

 

Click to see video (1min)
Recent "Energy Day" of EarthCare at Gibson's Mill -Oct 2007

Click to See Pics

Light Bulb Project -
Light Conversion!
A Flyer and and Order form for ecological light bulbs made locally.


  1. NEW! - April 2008 - Bradford and the Dales -Diocese Green Fund - Carbon Offset Poster - as pdf file 286KB - or as powerpoint slide -2.6MB




    Please make cheques payable to "Bradford Diocesan Board of Finance", marked for the “Bradford & Dales Green Fund”
  2. NEW! - February 2008 - Bradford and the Dales Earthcare Partnership -
    A celebration of Earthcare in Bradford Diocese - a pdf leaflet with pretty pictures for you to print out and put in your church.

  3. The Earth Care Team welcome new members.
    You are also welcome to be put on our NEWS email list - ask to subscribe

Past events:

  1. 16 June - Bowland Deanery synod had an Eco theme.
  2. 21 June 2008- Diocesan Synod at Tosside had an eco-theme. Mark Dowd from Operation Noah was speaker. The meal servd followed LOAF principles, so that ingredients where possible were at least one of the following:- Locally produced, organic, animal friendly, Fair Trade
  3. Sean McDonagh Talks at Bradford - 29 January-2008 - Climate, Environment and Faith


  4. EarthCare Trip to Gibson's Mill at Hebden Bridge - Sat Oct 13 th 2007: There were workshops on energy and a guided tour of this 19th-century cotton mill, renovated as a model of sustainable development and that sits at the heart of Hardcastle Crags.
  5. 2007 Diocesan Day at Bradford on 28 April: Theme "Church in the Community" includes "Care of the Environment workshops". Speakers: Elaine Storkey, and Alison Adam from Iona. See report of the CEL stall and the Diocese Website Description

  6. Buy Earth Care cotton bags
    Earth Care bags for sale - Fairtrade, organic cotton - Campaign against waste of plastic


  7. EarthCare Conference in Skipton October 2004

    Other Green Activities in the Bradford Diocese Area

  8. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust "Churchyard" Seminar at Long Preston churchyard May 2005
  9. A challenge: Global Warming:- what we can do - Bentham Local Action for Justice and Peace - Oct 2005 and Growing with Grace visit for Apple Day.

What is Bradford Diocese Earth Care?

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What Is Earth Care?

The Earth Care team is a team of people in the Bradford Diocese set up to help the Churches take more regard of the Christian Responsibility of looking after God's Creation. It is an ecumenical team but expenses are paid by the Church of England.

Who can join?

Anyone who is concerned about care of the environment and involved with a church please do contact us.

What are its past activities?

2004: Earth Care Conference in October in Skipton, attended by over 135 people. See original web page
Buy Earth Care cotton bags2005: Ecocongregation workshop
2006: EarthCare Conference at Bradford Cathedral
2006: Sold EarthCare bags
2007 Diocesan Day -April Had Environment theme
2007 Energy Day at Gibson's Mill
2008 Talk by Sean McDonagh at Bradford University
2008 Diocesan Synod at Tosside - LOAF meal. Mark Dowd of Opearion Noah as Speaker.

 

When does it next meet?

The next Earth Care Planning Meeting will be on
  1. Date to be fixed - It will be a telephone conference.

Contacts?

To find out more about Earth Care please phone Gerald Partridge, Diocesan Environment Officer on 01535 643206 email

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