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‘Deconstructed’ environment conference online this October
First published on: 17th September 2020
The planned Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference fell into the beginning of lockdown. But now it’s moving online as a ‘deconstructed’ conference throughout late October & early November. 
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Churches celebrating the Season of Creation
First published on: 17th September 2020
We are now over half way through the Season of Creation, and many churches have planned services focusing on God’s creation and our shared environment.
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Worms and worship at St Mary’s
First published on: 10th August 2020
St Mary’s Marshfield is working towards an Eco Church award, as they thoughtfully extend their Christian stewardship activities to care for the planet and for each other.
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Bringing wildness to the suburbs
First published on: 10th August 2020
While the church has been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, members of St Peter’s Henleaze have taken the opportunity to transform their church grounds into a more welcoming environment for wildlife and neighbours alike. 
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Season of Creation - September 2020
First published on: 28th July 2020
This September marks the Season of Creation. A wonderful opportunity for us all to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the earth and for all that lives upon it.
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Caring for the environment during this time of distancing
First published on: 28th July 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all. This article gives 5 top tips to help us consider our environmental impact at this time. 
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Local Minister’s community garden featured on BBC Gardener’s World
First published on: 27th July 2020
On Friday 24 July, a film clip of the Rev Hazel Trapnell’s garden was featured on BBC Gardeners World.
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Radical Pressence: A conversations course from Green Christian
First published on: 22nd June 2020
Green Christian have launched a new discipleship resource to help Christians consider the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world from a fresh perspective.
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‘The Time is Now’ virtual lobby on Tuesday 30 June.
First published on: 16th June 2020
Will you join thousands across the UK and speak to your MP on Tuesday 30 June as part of the first ever 'virtual lobby' created by the Climate Coalition.
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What is your church's energy footprint?
First published on: 12th May 2020
If you’ve wondered what the size of your church's energy footprint might be, help is now at hand. The Church of England has launched a new, simple tool to measure the amount of carbon produced annually by heating and lighting your church buildings.
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#LiveLent - Six week eco challenge for North Wilts churches
First published on: 11th May 2020
Five congregations in North Wiltshire have taken on a challenge to go green this Lent.
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Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference
First published on: 27th January 2020
A day conference to support churches in taking further action to care for our shared environment.
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FairGround - living responsibly in God's creation
First published on: 21st January 2020
One of the ways B+A Church in Bristol gathers together is through its Little Churches. These are communities of people that meet throughout the week on different days in the church, homes, pubs and other venues across Bristol.
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Are you ready to #LiveLent?
First published on: 17th January 2020
This years focus is on the Environment. Get your copy of the Archbishop of Canterburys Lent book (with accompanying videos and group questions), as well as corresponding booklets with reflections for both adults and children.
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A Green Guide to Christmas
First published on: 12th December 2019
Christmas is a time of giving - but it can also be a time of waste. From the plastic packaging to the piles of wrapping paper and wasted food filling our dustbins, festivities can have an unseen impact on our environment. 
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School raises awareness of Climate Change with protest
First published on: 11th December 2019
Children at St Helen's CE Primary School have been making their voices heard as they raised awareness of the Climate Emergency.
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An Eco Christmas tree
First published on: 2nd December 2019
Going green proved the inspiration for members of St Martin's in Knowle when it came time to decorate the church building for Christmas. Clare Hensmen tells us how they came up with the idea - and how other churches could easily do something similar:
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How Eco is your Church?
First published on: 20th November 2019
Four churches across the Diocese have received our first Eco Church awards.
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31 plastic bottles make a school uniform
First published on: 20th November 2019
As a head teacher, you may expect any number of questions from parents when you launch a new school uniform but does it crinkle? is a rather unusual one! Yet at The Deanery CE Academy in Swindon its a fair question to ask, as the uniforms are partly
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We’ve declared a climate emergency!
First published on: 20th November 2019
When the vote was passed unanimously, the room filled with cheers, applause and even a whistle or two.
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Environment Group calls for greater action on Climate Change across the Church
First published on: 1st November 2019
The Church of Englands Environmental Advisory Group has called for all parts of the Church to recognise the Climate Crisis and step up its action to safeguard God's creation.
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Caring for Creation in Wroughton
First published on: 23rd October 2019
During September, the parish of Wroughton and Wichelstowe joined churches around the country in celebrating the Season of Creation, with teaching and liturgy designed to help explore the diversity and wonder of God's creation.
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Bishop Viv’s Lent book: Saying YES to Life
First published on: 22nd October 2019
Bishop Viv has chosen Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio as the Diocesan Lent book for 2020. This forms part of a Church of England Lent campaign. Churches are encouraged to use the resources for their Lent courses and the spiritual and practical act
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Bishop hears from Extinction Rebellion protesters in Bristol
First published on: 19th July 2019
The Bishop of Swindon, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield, has been meeting environmental campaigners in Bristol to listen to their views on caring for the planet.
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Climate Change and the Church - a young person's response
First published on: 15th March 2019
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we are currently facing. Strongest among those demanding action is the voice of our young people, calling on leaders from all walks of life to make a decisive response to the issue.
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Expert solutions for heating churches
First published on: 14th January 2013
Keeping an historic church warm for community use while conserving its heritage features and minimising the environmental impact is a real challenge, especially at a time of rising energy prices.
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