Our beautiful planet is in crisis.

 
COP26 has been headline news and the Church has committed to being carbon neutral by 2030.  Newcastle Diocese has grasped the nettle and charged deaneries with appointing an environmental champion.  In turn, each parish is to appoint their own environmental champion.    

So how are we doing in Berwick?

 

We were already one step ahead.  Our curate, Tracey, started an environmental group way back before COVID.  Unfortunately, it had to be put on hold.

 

Now however, our parish has made progress in a number of ways.

 

 

Our environmental group has met and set aims for the next 6 months.

 

The PCC has approved a Parish Environmental Policy.

 

During COP26 – working with Churches Together and the deanery, members welcomed two groups of COP26 pilgrims, helped feed them and accompanied them as they walked through the parish.

 

Group members manned the Eco Church stall (see below) at the recent Doxecology Concert, given by Resound Worship to coincide with COP26.

 

Members of the group have taken part in 2 litter picks on our nearest beach.

What next?

Our Advent Course this year will reflect on the planetary crisis.  ‘Prophetic Indigenous Voices on the Planetary Crisis” will run on Tuesday evenings during December.

 

A Climate Crisis Café meets each month at the Northern Soul cafe on West Street, giving people the opportunity to discuss about their thoughts and feelings with regard to the climate crisis and loss of biodiversity.

 

Bird nesting boxes made from recycled wood are being placed in the churchyard, along with a bird feeding station.  We hope Sparklers will be involved in both projects.

 

We are registered with the A Rocha charity as an Eco Church. A Rocha UK (Portuguese for the rock)  is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to equipping Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment. The scheme provides tools and ideas to help churches integrate our concern for environmental issues into worship and teaching, management of church buildings and land, community engagement and lifestyle.

 

The Eco Church starting point is a survey covering the above areas, but the survey is more than a box ticking exercise.  It should help us do our bit towards keeping 1.5 alive. 

 

If you’d like to know more please contact Anne Horne, our environmental champion. Anne is a retired biology teacher with qualifications in Environmental Education, who has been working to raise awareness in young people since the 1980’s.  

 

If anyone wants to know more about our work in the parish, please contact us to get in touch with Tracey or Anne. 

 

It’s up to each of us to love and to serve God’s planet, God’s creation, God’s people, in a Christ like way.  To ensure that our children, our grandchildren and their children can enjoy the continued beauty of our Earth.