The Bible entrusts mankind to be good stewards of our world. Psalm 24 says: "The Earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." Genesis tells us that God loves every and that His first commission to mankind was to care for the Earth.
Accordingly our PCC has made a public declaration which you can read at https://www.wargravechurch.org.uk/pjp/doc/render_doc?zonename=undefined&docid=398&page=Climate%20Emergency%20Recognition.smm
In support of this, our church is working towards the
and an Eco Church award. This means for example that we:
- learn the value of God's creation through teaching, prayer and worship
- work to improve biodiversity of our land
- conduct wildlife surveys (plants, bugs, bats, birds and reptiles)
- engage children in Bible-based wildlife activities
- support the Mill Green conservation area and nature reserves in the parish
- organise local rambles
- avoid single-use plastic
- use recycled paper in services and communications, and only when we have to
- use sustainable materials in all new building work, such as the St Mary's Church Centre
- audit our energy use every ten years
- use the Energy Footprint Tool in our parish returns
- consume green electricity and gas
- provide Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar
- support organisations that work for people and planet, primarily Tearfund -
- we recently sponsored a water borehole in Kenya through the Maasai Evangelical Alliance.
Highlights of 2020 were the enlargement of our “Let It Grow” zone along the entire north wall of St Mary’s churchyard, and energy audits at St Mary’s and St Peter’s.
For more information, email .
Bats in the Churchyard
On Friday 28th June 2019, we found some interesting bats.
Early visitors to our flower festival saw a juvenile bat on the floor of the south porch of our church. As the pup was unable to fly, we rang the South Bucks & Berks Bat Group and on their advice placed him on a ledge of the porch, away from feet and the sun.
Rose-Ann Movsovic, a licensed handler who had run a bat survey in our land in 2018, arrived within 15 minutes. She identified a juvenile male Natterer's bat, which is over 10 times less common in Britain than pipistrelles. She gave him some milk from a special little bottle, declared our porch a registered bat roost and took him to the local Bat Rescue Centre. At 9 pm she returned with the pup in the hope of reuniting him with his mother - an operation that often fails and involved infra red lights, a video camera, iPad and bat detector.
Would there be a mother and child reunion? Click the Videos tab on their Facebook page and view their video entitled "Wargrave Natterer" to find out ...
It's public access, so you won't need a Facebook account.
By October, the video had been watched over 12,000 times on their web site and shared many times all over the world !