Greening our church

The facade St John's Wood Church, behind a snow-covered Christmas treeWe are committed to reducing our impact on the environment as far as possible and  have been implementing a structured plan to reduce waste and energy use across the whole range of our activities. The theme of our Christian responsibility to care for the environment is also taken up in preaching and prayers.

The Diocese of London (of which we are a part) is signed up to the national “Church of England Environment Programme“, which aims to reduce the climate impact of our churches and our congregations.

Our Green Plan

What has been achieved so far?
Since formulating our Green Plan we have implemented it in a variety of ways. This has included:

  • The recycling logorecycling of waste paper
  • printing our orders of service and pewslips on recycled paper
  • installing compost bins and water butts throughout the church grounds
  • using energy-efficient light bulbs wherever we can
  • switching the Church and its buildings to a Green Energy tariff
  • raising awareness of unused appliances and switching them off
  • using recyclable and fairly-produced cups, plates, and cutlery for all of our parish functions (through a wonderful organisation called Little Cherry)

What is still to be done?
We are only part way through our plan, and still have plenty ideas to implement. These often involve longer term investments in the building.

  • The church is about to be relit; energy efficiency is a key element in the brief given to the lighting designer.
  • In the longer term, we are interested in generating solar-powered energy from our church roof, but we are leaving that option to be explored when we next have to do major work on the roof.