Oxted United Reformed Church

The Church of the Peace of God

Caring for Our World

In 2016 the United Reformed Church published its Environmental Policy. Being a member of the denomination, Oxted URC endeavours to live by this policy in all that we do. The policy states at the outset that it is "...the cornerstone of our intent, as a body of people committed to caring for God’s creation, to reduce our carbon footprint, improve recycling, minimise waste and improve efficiencies on finite natural resources in all of our operations."

Led by our Eco Group, these are just a few of the actions taken:

> Launched our SIXTY SMALL STEPS TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE PLANET leaflet. This has been circulated widely within the church and also into the community beyond.

> Helped the congregation become  familiar with the local council's plastic recycling scheme.

> Raised funds for the charity toilet twinning by twinning the 5 toilets in our building with 5 in far-flung locations in the developing world.

Oxted URC has recently been awarded Bronze Eco Church status.

In November 2019 we published a small cookery book Our Useful Recipe Collection, a compilation of contributions from members of the congregation. The 26 recipes are mainly designed to use up leftovers and gluts of fruit and vegetables. The book costs £3 a copy and can be obtained by contacting the church by email or phone as detailed below. All profits from sales will be donated to the environmental charity The Marine Conservation Society.  

Encouraging wild life in the churchyard Eco Group planting wildflower patch in church grounds