St. Timothy’s and the climate emergency.
We need to respond. Here are some of the resources we can use.
- EcoChurch – a program to help us look at many parts of our church life, from worship and teaching, buildings and energy, to community engagement and our lifestyles.
- Our prophetic journey towards climate justice – A group of guides from Christian Aid on climate justice, with teaching from Black church leaders and christians of colour on how churches can understand and respond.
- Small group course – 6 sessions put together by Bramhall Methodist church Stockport on Why and How the church should respond.
- Climate Emergency Toolkit – A resource guide from Tearfund on how churches can engage politically in their community
- Burning Down The House – a report from Tearfund on young people and church responses to the climate
- Church of England report on climate progress a year after recognising the emergency
- Tips from the UN that you can do to reduce your impact and help look after God’s world
There’s a group meeting regularly to take forward our response. If you would like to be involved with this work, please contact Peter Wigglesworth: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have anything you’d like to include in this information page, please contact email@example.com.
Our direct church climate impact
Our energy use:
|Part of church||Energy used (2019)||Carbon||Cost|
|Main building (including the modernised welcome area, kitchen & offices, and the traditional worship space)||Gas: 122,512kWh||?||£5660|
|Community hall and other buildings||?||?||£2578|
Most of our emissions are caused by heating our main building. We still need to assess the impacts of other areas. If you are able to help with this or developing options for change please get in touch with Sam Wakeling: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our policy agreement
In November 2020 our PCC agreed unanimously that:
This PCC acknowledges and recognises that there is a global climate and ecological emergency for God’s creation. We are called by God’s justice and love to act.
As a result we pledge to:
- Draw up a plan of action and work towards a minimum target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030 for our church, both the buildings and its ministries
a. If at all possible, reduce our emissions sooner
- Reduce our church’s overall ecological impact
- Urge and challenge those in power to act swiftly and justly to also address this emergency
- Encourage all our members and our community to reduce their own carbon emissions and ecological impact through teaching, support, and practical fellowship
- Support those most vulnerable to climate change
- Support the national church (and Sheffield Diocese) in their target of net zero emissions by 2030
- Form a working group to these ends, reporting back at each PCC meeting, and to the wider church each year