Alford Methodist Church is not unique....
We only think we are... Bee bombs grown in Saltfleetby, and Alford's St Wilfrid's a Bronze ECO church so we are not alone. How did we get there? A few years ago, I found a couple of pairs of 'lost' specs in a church cupboard. I left them out in case the owners recognised them. Next week there were more pairs. 'What's going on?', I asked, 'I thought someone might have lost those.' We thought you were collecting them was the answer, and so we were. About 4-5 hundred pairs have gone over the years to Specsavers, currently saving them for Lions.
Another member saved milk bottle tops for a school, another tea-bags for composting, another stamps for charity, and we, like East Lindsey residents segregate cans, card and plastics. So like acorns into mighty oaks began the move to be eco friendly. We have LEDs both tubes and bulbs everywhere including lighting up the name outside. So we save on electricity. Then the Anglicans got an Ecochurch bronze badge and certificate, so not to be outdone, we looked at Ecochurch too.
God's acre for nature, living in harmony with nature and using earth's resources carefully, recycling where you can. We use Fairtrade coffee, that's an extra tick, and we use local sources where we can for Coffee Mornings and Bank Holiday refreshments. Do all you can not to harm the environment is the guide, and use the space in and around church buildings to support birds, bats, bees and butterflies. The uniformed groups who use our Church hall, are all doing what they can to encourage nature. We are lucky in that we have trees and open spaces. If only it wasn't a Listed Building we could have Solar panels, then some of us could charge Electric vehicles. Ecochurch gave us Silver status; Ecochurch with the A Rocha foundation have a webpage or three for ideas. Do look. Go green. Be a Wild Christian.
Written by Richard Neale, Local Church Pastor
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