14th June 2021
Stithians Methodist Church is first in the Country
Stithians Methodist Church is the first in the country to trial the new renewable liquid fuel, known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), replacing their traditional fossil fuel heating. The trial will last for 12 months to obtain long term usage data.
"We all appreciate the need to help the environment as a priority and these trials are to ensure the fuel will work well when converting existing setups." Explained Mr John Weedon from Mitchell & Webber based in Redruth. "We are pleased that only a low cost conversion is needed in many cases and so far tests are extremely promising, with all boilers performing well."
24th May 2021
Truro Methodist Church gains Bronze
TMC has today received its Eco Church Bronze Award certificate.
TMC is one of the eleven Methodist Churches in the District to be registered in the Eco Church scheme and believed to be the fourth to gain the Bronze Award.
For more information go to https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/
17th April 2021
Cornwall Methodists go Green
At their recent meeting the Cornwall District of the Methodist Church voted overwhelmingly to become part of the Eco Church scheme. They are only the fifth Methodist Church district in the United Kingdom to take on this challenge. Eco Church is a scheme developed with other denominations to not only encourage local churches to be environmentally friendly but to encourage members of the congregation and local population by example.
The Reverend Steven Wild, District chair, said ‘This has long been a dream of mine for all the Methodists in Cornwall as part of their discipleship to pledge themselves to be caring for the environment’. As each Church reaches a target performance it can apply for an award culminating in the gold standard. Four Methodist Churches in Cornwall have already received an Eco Church Bronze Award but just 3 in the whole of the country have achieved Gold.
The environmental theme dominated the Synod meeting. This is a meeting of representatives from across the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Methodist District and was held virtually last Saturday. There were excellent and passionate presentations from the four Environmental Ambassadors in the district, Lucy Isaacson Truro and Climate Vision Euan McPhee from Falmouth and Joy and Andrew Geake from Camborne.
The whole of the Synod went into small discussion groups and many creative ideas from as simple as reducing excessive printing and photocopying to using well water for toilet flushing etc.
To promote this scheme amongst the Churches a network of Environment Advocates will be set up whose sole responsibility will be to encourage eco-friendly policies and actions. They will also provide a forum for passing on news about successful schemes and updated best practice in a fast changing world. Any relevant suggestions will be eagerly entertained.