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St Oswald's Church, Tile Hill

ECO CHURCH

Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. (Genesis 1:11)

Worship

Here at St Oswald's Church we celebrate special Sundays which are related to caring for God's Creation. At our Harvest Festival, the produce brought in by the congregation, schools and other groups is donated to the Foodbank to help those in need.

The Parochial Church Council of St Oswald's has made a formal commitment to improve the environmental credentials of the Church, and to support us as we work towards the Eco Church Awards.

One of the things we would like to resume in the future is to host guest speakers from Christian environmental organizations such as A Rocha or Christian Aid.

And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” (Genesis 1:20)

Building

Throughout St Oswald's Church, the community hall and the vicarage, we use low energy bulbs to reduce our energy consumption. We are gradually converting to LED lighting as time goes on to reduce consumption even more. The church hall lighting is shortly to be converted to motion sensors to avoid lights being left on unnecessarily.

We also make a concerted effort to reduce paper wastage. We print on both side of the paper for newsletters etc., and we only printing what we need. Our service booklets are reusable so save even more paper.

One of the aims is to regularly use environmentally friendly cleaning products throughout the building.

God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)

Land

We have now introduced wildlife feeding stations in the grounds of St Oswald's Church. Birdfeeders have appeared this year and are completely reusable to save waste, and the result is that we attract anything from sparrows to crows, even the cheeky robin pays a visit. We have a pair of blue tits nesting in the grounds, a resident squirrel and a hedgehog which makes regular appearances.

Even though we don't have a lot of grounds outside, we do include variety of plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies, along with a couple of "bug hotels". Even our mouse traps are of the no-kill variety.

One of the things which we'd like to do is to grow some fruit and vegetables on the land.

God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)

Community and Global

Have you noticed the stickers by the light switches? One of the ways of conserving energy is to turn off the lights when they're not in use. The stickers are our way of encouraging people to help us to help the environment.

We have now twinned one of our toilets in the hall! Yes it raises a good laugh, along with tap twinning, but it also highlights basic necessities that we have and others in the world don't... safe sanitary conditions and clean water.

One of the things we can do to raise awareness of the environment is to participate in regular sustainability initiatives such as Carbon Fast or Earth Hour. It is our aim to raise awareness of these events and to encourage you to take part.

St Oswald's Church, Jardine Crescent, Coventry CV4 9PL
Tel: 07512 924401
E: stoswald.tilehill@email.com

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