St Mary Magdalene
In the Team Parish of
Hucknall, Nottingham, England
and in the Anglican Diocese of Southwell
|| Eco Congregation is a programme for churches to
help them take spiritual and practical steps to care for God's creation. It has
developed from a partnership between the environmental-awareness charity "Going
for Green" and the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain
EnCams is the trading name of Environmental Campaigns,
the environmental charity which oversees Eco-Congregation.
Visit their website for more information at
St Mary Magdalene registered with
Eco-Congregation in October 2001
Projects to date include:-
- Litter collection in Churchyard, local authorities approached
for more litter bins around the periphery of the Churchyard.
- Creation of a wildlife garden in the Churchyard. -
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- Recycling "Green box" in Church for paper recycling.
- Parishioners urged to support local Scouts and Guides with
- Regular articles in the Church Magazine on environment
- Display on Community Information board in local library
explaining the link between St Mary Magdalene and Eco-Congregation
- Working with local council to prvent dogs from fouling the
- Collection of used tool for TFSR (Tools For Self Reliance).
Completed sets of reconditioned tools are sent to villages in Africa to provide
the means by which the villagers can help themselves.
St Mary Magdalene's won a National Eco-Congregation award in May
2002. The assessors were inspired by their visit and judged that the church
fully deserved the Award, and they particularly commended :-
- The process adopted by the church to raise awareness of
environmental issues, encouraging different parts of the church to consider
creation care in their activities and take appropriate action
- The focus on environmental work with children and young
- The physical and personal welcome that the church offers -
gates open leading to an attractive churchyard for the community and doors open
with a personal welcome given to visitors, tours of the church available and a
- The viewing of the churchyard as a resource rather than a
millstone, an attitude which led to the development of a variety of attractive
features/areas, many through innovative partnerships including the sensual
garden with help from Rolls Royce. Particular commendation is made for the new
wildlife garden developed with the commitment to involve school children to
plan, plant and maintain the feature.
- The effective range of communication means utilised from web
to magazine and notice boards to information sheets, particularly with regard
to the heritage aspects of the church which have an international significance.
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