Members of the Environment Group meet regularly to discuss ways in which the church and parishioners can play their part in addressing the climate change crisis. ‘Enviro Tips’ feature in each edition of the Great St. Mary’s eMag. Concern for the environment is included regularly in our church prayers and sermons.
Great St. Mary’s achieved its Eco Church Silver Award in 2020. The award is designed to equip churches to express care for God’s world in worship and teaching; in how you look after buildings and land; in how to engage with the local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of the congregation. The church is now aiming to be a gold award holder. More information at: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/ The church has installed solar panels and much has been achieved in reducing the church’s carbon footprint. The group works to maintain the churchyard as a beautiful, restful space to encourage visitors to connect with Creation and so also with the Creator. Great St. Mary’s is committed to installing swift boxes in the church tower, but this cannot take place until there has been some tower restoration work carried out.
Members of the committee were successful in a bid to ECLAS (Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science) to appoint a Science in Faith Engagement Officer in 2022. This post was made possible with a matching from the Cambridge Church Schools (the Trust) and enables the officer to teach classes on climate change and sustainability at Park Street Primary School.