St John’s has signed up to be part of the network of eco-churches in the UK with Arocha and hence is committed to going zero waste, carbon zero and encouraging wild life within and beyond the campus.
What this means is that we actively engage our community (both church, Egham town & surrounding communities) to create actions towards green actions such as reducing waste by:
- Reflecting & Rethinking one’s own living to reduce green house emissions
- Reducing by repairing, composting, and learning about waste generation and its impact on Greenhouse Gases and water resources
- Reusing by repurposing, swapping, freecycle
- Recycle when there is no other choice and where possible always recycle the materials that are 99% recycled (metal)
Our Community Activities
Note: All activities are subject to government restrictions due to Covid-19
The main purpose of a community fridge is to save fresh food from going to waste. It is a site where local people can share food, this includes surplus from supermarkets, local food businesses, producers, households and gardens.
St John’s is committed to ensuring our Community Fridge is a friendly, accessible and community-led initiative. It is open to everyone, regardless of means and is not a food bank or a solution to food poverty. It is hoped that this space will become a community hub that brings people together to connect, learn new skills, live more sustainably and reduce food waste.
Currently skill exchanges are being developed to run alongside the community fridge.
Opening Times: Saturday 11am-2pm
Eco-Festival / Eco-Fayre
Once a year, we hold an eco-festival for our church and surrounding community to be involved in. In 2020 we celebrated Hope & Vision for our Environment with a Build Back Better theme. In 2021 our theme was “Make COP Count”. This year, we will be organising an Eco-Fayre on “Waste: Refuse, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle only if there are no other options” The eco-festival will be held on the 24th September which is also the start of the Great Big Green Week. To find out more click here: St John’s Eco-Fayre
Repairs & Upcycling
The Be Creative is a group within St John’s that as well as crafting, they help people to creatively use waste (upcycle) and repair items. They normally meet throughout the year every Friday and will feature in the Eco-Festival.
The Shed is an exciting project located in The Caddey at St John’s Church, which enables people to work on small repair jobs or create something new from wood, metal or plastic, learning new skills in a safe and welcoming environment, and enjoying fellowship and friendship with others.
Tools are provided and there is full support from a qualified team who are highly experienced in a range of crafts and in teaching and training.
The Shed is open to everyone whether you are an expert or a complete beginner so just come along and see what is going on. Opening times: 10am-12pm on Thursday
Other sustainability & environmental activities of St John’s:
St John’s Eco-Fayre will be coming back in 2023
Eco-Acts: Environmental challenges given to the congregation at St John’s to achieve
To connect with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org