Guardians of Creation
A greener church
1. Feasts and Events
For parishioners, social groups, youth ministry, catechesis, marriage training, baptism… an invitation to celebrate differently in our church ! 3rd week of January – Ecumenical Week Common projects with other churches, environment is a common concern. February 14 - Saint Valentine Awarness about the misery of most cocoa producers... Fair Trade chocolate available at the church March 17 - Saint Patrick Attentive to nature, Trinity in shamrock. March 20 – Spring equinox Nature wakes up, Creation rises again, praises, thanksgiving, carfts, flowers. début avril - Samedi saint Mettre le récit de la Création en valeur, mettre notre milieu de vie (quartier, ville) en valeur dans cette histoire du peuple sauvé! April 22 – Earth Day Prayers during a special mass, picture exhibit, invited speakers, workshops, botany, ecology...
1st wek of June – Environment day Guided tours of the neighbourhood with an elderly person, special communion, picture exhibit, invited speakers, workshops, botany, ecology... 2nd monday of october - Thanksgiving Take time to reflect on where our food comes from, tag game, thank our Creator for all this abundance, eucharist with local bread and wine (made by a parishioner) October 4th – Saint Francis of Assisi Telling the story of saint Francis, crafts, mass with animals, simplicity rather than consumption Beginning of December - Advent Retreat before Christmas, simplicity, love in the family, try to live without consuming so much, stop overpackaging, because Jesus was born so poorly.
2. Secondhand clothes and furniture
It is amazing ! We can join the reuse of resources, build funds for the church and help the poor at the same time.
Guardians of Creation 3. Sell ecological products
A great way to build funds for the church and giving an example of social justice by selling Fair Trade. Organic and écological products are also very beneficial for our environment and will give the Church a great image. Fair Trade products A little counter held by a volunteer selling Fair Trade products, like Camino or Equita. Organic products The church can become a drop-off pont fot organic food-baskets. You can get information from the Community Suported Agriculture (CSA) program of Équiterre. Ecological products The church could hold a counter of earth-friendly products, like cleaning products you could find of the Greenpeace website (made with lemon, vinegar, pure soap, baking soda…) They are so cheap to buy and easy to make, and the profits can help the church. A fully sustainable concept !
4. Carpooling to mass
A volunteer could write down the names of people, and their street, to easily match them do get to mass. One column for drivers, one column for passengers. Isn’t the first mission of the church to organise “community” actions and stop individualisme ? The church could also encourage people to walk to their local church and a beautiful day.
Sometimes, citizens don’t want a compost bin ontheir own property. But what about the neighbouring church ? A volunteer could simly mix the compost once a week. Then, the earth collected out of it a few months later could be sold with the name of the church. A sure hit from spring to fall !!!
6. Helping an environmental group
A special collection ofr a local environmental group could encourage youth that are involved in different projects that protect our environment. The church could also share some space for a group’s meetings every month.
Guardians of Creation 7. Energy efficient church
Since Hydro-Québec stopped its preferential costs in 2006, churches have to find ways to save electricity more then ever. Kairos Canada made an amazing document to help a church community to start new habits and find the best ways to reduce energy consumption. A great tool !
8. An aviary in the church
A franciscain church in Montréal transformed the right transept into an aviary. Try to imagine how their songs liven the mass… They can be fed by a volunteer, and the place also needs to be cleaned. In the summer, a door opens for them, so they can come in and out.
9. A greener church, litteraly !
Green roofs are more and more popular. They help save heating in the winter and keep cool in the summer. It is possible for a roof inclinated up to 40°. It is also possible to plant vines that will run up the wall. On the southern wall, they really help cool the church in summer. Plus, it just looks so beautiful. It is also possible to plant trees that will give shade, purify the air and attract wildlife. Lawns need lots of watering. Why not change your lawn for clovers and/or thyme. You will need less water, less maintenance, and you will never need to cut the grass again (they stay low on the ground).