Caroline is our Mission Partner, working in Uganda with Africa Inland Mission. Here is her latest prayer letter:
As you probably know, new Data Protection Laws have come into force from 25th May 2018. As St Mary’s we have been following advice from the Church of England and other authorities to ensure that we comply with the new regulations.
If you want to know more about Data Protection at St Mary’s, our Privacy Notice is now available here:
St Mary’s has achieved our bronze Eco Church award!
On Sunday 8th April (2018) we welcomed Godfrey Armitage from A Rocha to St Mary’s to speak to us and to present us with our Bronze Eco church plaque and certificate.
Over the last twelve months we have made a number of small but positive changes. Some have been made relatively easily: our tea and coffee is now Fair Trade, news sheets are printed on recycled paper and cleaning products are eco-friendly. We have stopped using disposable crockery and cutlery, and now have recycling facilities at church, thanks to the help and co-operation of the Coppice School (our landlord).
In some areas we already rate higher than bronze standard; watch this space as we work towards silver and gold standards!
Pictured below are Godfrey from A Rocha, Pam and Pete our Church Wardens and Lisa from the Coppice School, with the bronze plaque and certificate.
For more information speak to one of our Eco Team or have a look at the Eco Church website https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/
Recycling bins are here! A big thank you to the Coppice School who now have mixed recycling and take our waste with theirs. As well as being good for the environment this helps with our Eco Church targets (more good news on this coming soon…)
If you’d like to see how the recycling is processed there is an interesting video at www.severnwaste.com/envirosort/the-process