We are an Eco Church

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In 2019, Flitwick Church committed to pursuing Eco Church values

and reducing our carbon footprint.


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has stated that

climate change is;


“The greatest challenge that we and future generations face...

Our sacred duty is to protect the natural world we have been so

generously given, as well as our neighbours around the world,

who will be the first affected”.

The St Albans Diocese has committed to aiming for net zero carbon

production in all churches by 2050, and as our part we have

signed up to the A Rocha programme of self assessment.

This programme looks at how we operate as a church under

five different categories: 


Worship and Teaching,

Buildings,

Land

Community Global Engagement

Lifestyle


Following a detailed assessment over different criteria in each

category we were awarded the Bronze Award.

We are now working towards the Silver Award. 

 

Our Eco Church Targets for 2021/22 are:

  1. Eliminating single use plastics in Messy Church and events

  2. Only using eco friendly cleaning products like Ecover 

  3. Encouraging cycling to church with the installation of a bike rack

  4. Establishing an environment section on the church website with an eco blog

  5. Marking Climate Sunday, World Earth Day and Creationtide.  

  6. Changing our energy supplier to reduce our carbon footprint  

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Living Church-Yard

For many years, the church yard at St Peter and Paul’s Church has been managed as a Living Churchyard. This means it is carefully maintained to allow wildlife to flourish; it is an example of rare low nutrient meadow. Some species found here are are regionally rare, to one plant not found elsewhere in Bedfordshire. The church has links with the Greensand Trust who have held meetings in the building and spoken to the Youth Group about conservation.

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