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Bethesda Eco-Congregation

Bethesda is well-known as an "eco-church and was the first Methodist church in the Bristol District to receive the National Eco-Congregation Award which recognises its stewardship of God's Creation through practical action. After almost a decade of increasing commitment to live more "sustainably", it is one of a handful of churches in England to have received two national awards.

JP Award

First Eco-Award
presented by Jonathon Porritt

Second award

Second Eco-Award
presented by Martin Horwood


Bethesda Traidgreen Stall

To read what's going on in Cheltenham Connect
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Autumn Transition Town Events include Jonathon Porritt talking on A Hopeful Future for Cheltenham: Communities at the heart of sustainable living?
Town Hall Oct 26
and a full range of lunctime film showings more info

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Bethesda has a flourishing "Traidgreen Stall" selling Traidcraft goods, low energy lamps and recycled paper alongside coffee after the morning service. There is a thriving recycling programme which collects mobile phones, used printer cartridges, spent batteries, spectacles, postage stamps and plastic bottle tops for re-use of safe disposal.

Bethesda Youth Group (BYG) has turned a small unused courtyard area into a green 'retreat' with furniture made from plaswood and scented plants and shrubs. The church is a corporate member of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Christian Ecology Link (CEL) and A Rocha. It also makes its facilities available to other 'Green' groups and arranged a community showing of the climate change film "An Inconvenient Truth".

The church is fitted throughout with low energy lighting, sells low energy bulbs on its Traidgreen Stall, and has its own carbon offset scheme funds from which have recetly been used to install a solar hot water system on an AIDS orphanage in South Africa. Gill & Keith emailed from Durban:

"The solar roof has been working perfectly; we are fitting a time switch to ensure the electricity is switched off whilst the sun is shining and at night. They have had as much hot water as they needed; thank you soooo much"

Bethesda recognised for 3rd Eco-Award

Following external assessment by Jerry Barr and (Rev) Simon Topping on Saturday May 29th, Bethesda has been granted its 3rd National Eco-Award - only the third church in England to have been so-recognised. More details will follow in due course.

Creation Challenge features Bethesda's Third Award



Climate Change News

The installation of solar PV panels on Bethesda's south facing roof is now complete.

Installing Bethesda PV roof

Since installation in September 2009 the photovoltaic (PV) panels have produced about 6,700 kWh of electricity each year. This reduces the annual CO2 emissions of the church by about 3 tons. Since registering for Feed-in Tariffs they have also generated a cash income for the church of £2,800 per year which, combined with savings from buying electricity of about £200, has provided valuable extra resources that have been recycled into supporting the many activities described elsewhere on this website.

More details on BBC website
See also Christian Ecology Link


Report: Hope in God's Future

Downloads available as follows:

Full (66 page) version
Condensed (22 page) version
Conference draft statement

Hope in God’s Future’ is also available from Methodist Publishing, priced £5.00
(Phone: 01733 235962)

Christian Ecology Link

Eco Congregation
National Eco-Congregation

Wildlife Trust

Access Creation Challenge
Joint Website of Methodists, Baptists and URC
A Rocha "Living Lightly" initiative

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Last updated on 27 April 2013