Green Feed: Share Your Steps to Living More Sustainably
Sustainability is important to this parish and will only continue to grow in importance. In 2020, driven by the growing awareness of the impacts of climate change, the need to better care for our community and the natural world, we formed a Sustainability Group and have run Supper Talks, formed a sustainability book club, and hosted a Sustainability Festival and a Recycle, Reuse, Regift Festival in our Parish Hall.
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LAUNCH OF ECO-CONCERNS ACTION GROUP
On Tuesday 6 June, we will launch our Eco-concerns Club at 7.30pm in the Mina Hogan Room, St Mary's Parish Hall. The club, which will meet each month and is free and open to all, is for people to come together to talk, share their concerns and also to take action. It will be a positive evening focused around action of the local environment.
The club will be an opportunity to share concerns about the climate crisis and discuss ideas. Evenings could include several elements including, but not limited to:
- A sharing circle: an opportunity for attendees to talk about how they feel. Every attendee gets the chance to talk if they want, and others listen without commenting.
- Meditation: guided meditation.
- Moment of gratitude: share a moment of gratitude or joy.
- Book, documentary or podcast recommendations: sharing ideas of interesting materials to watch, read or listen to.
- Coaching/thinking exercise: a talk with some positive action or exercise that everyone can follow. This could be a video, a presentation, or just a lesson to share.
- Physical movement/exercise: Some light physical movement, for example light yoga stretches, a walk, or spending time in nature.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER LENT CHALLENGE continues with A Rocha UK. Over Holy Week and Easter take time to be still in nature, to find a quiet spot outdoors to reflect on what Holy Week and Easter mean to you, and with Easter feel the hope of renewed commitment to creation. Find out more here.
LENT CHALLENGE: Lent Challenge with A Rocha UK: connect more with nature. Challenging us to be more aware of and take more care of nature. Last week we were invited to grow a new plant, either indoors or out, this week it’s to spend more time outside to take the time to enjoy what you see and hear. Click here for more ideas.
On Sunday the 23rd of January, we hosted our Recycle, Reuse and Regift Festival at the Parish Hall. The festival was a huge success with a large number of attendees swapping pre-loved items for new treasures, a large amount of items donated to needy local charities and much fun had by all. With the session being such a success we’ll be running the event again each quarter, so look out for the next date and come along.
THIS SUNDAY, 22 JANUARY: REUSE, RECYCLE, REGIFT FESTIVAL. Come along! We will have several stalls set up for you to swap your pre-loved books, clothes and accessories, and toys. If you have items that you would like to exchange then bring them with you and see what you can find, or if you would prefer to simply donate any pre-loved items that are gathering dust, bring them along too. All remaining items will be donated to local charities.
The festival runs from 10:30am until 3.00pm, is free and open to all, with a selection of snacks and drinks available to buy.
REUSE, RECYCLE, REGIFT FESTIVAL
Has Christmas left you needing a spring clean and a clear-out? Then join us in the parish hall for this Festival. Come along and exchange the books, toys, clothes that are gathering dust at home for newer items. There will be a number of tables set up, where you’ll be sure to find pre-owned treasure and get rid of items you no longer use.The festival is free to enter and open to all, and we will have a range of drinks and snacks to buy too. Any remaining items will be donated to charity.
Sunday 22 January at 10.30am-3pm, St Mary's Parish Hall - come along and recycle, re-use and re-gift any unwanted presents:
- SWAP: clothes, accessories, books and toys
- RE-GIFT: bring an unwanted gift to swap for something you need
- UPCYCLE: learn how to turn unwanted items into new things
NEW EVENT for January 2023: Skip Black Friday and join our next year in January for a Recycle and Regift Festival on Sunday 22 .
This year’s Black Friday is expected to produce 429,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from product deliveries alone – that’s the same as 435 return flights from London to New York! A report produced by charity and independent think tank Green Alliance found that of the items bought on Black Friday, up to 80 percent of these —and any plastic packaging they are wrapped in—will end up either in landfill, incineration or—at best—low quality recycling, often after a very short life.
Rather than spend on buying more items during this time, we’d encourage you to come and join our “Recycle, Regift and Reuse” Festival on Sunday, the 22nd of January from 10:30am to 3pm at the Parish Hall on Langham Road. At the festival we will have the opportunity to swap clothes, books, toys and accessories, and a regifting station to swap unwanted gifts for something new.
Below you can find previous Green Feeds and other useful resources.
Read previous Green Feeds here.