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.
> in 2019, began supporting the UK environmental charity The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) with donations to its beach cleaning programme. Initial contributions came from the surplus income at the Snelling Lecture and from donations to the eco tree at the church's 2019 Christmas Tree Festival.
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, price £3, has sold out, but re-prints are possible upon request to the Church Office. A profit of £165 was made from the original print-run and donated to MCS.