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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.
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
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.
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)