St Peter’s Pakuranga are enthusiastic about Caring for Creation in practical ways and engaging with their community. In June 2013 World Environment Day was celebrated through an environmentally themed service and a display in the hall. Practical ways to engage the community in thinking about sustainability were an interactive noticeboard, a prayer and study guide for Care of Creation month, and handing out tea light candles for Earth Hour. People were given two tea lights, one to keep and one to give away, to highlight the importance of Earth Hour in promoting energy savings and serving as a reminder of God’s plan for creation care as well as energy efficiency, water saving, transport choices and reducing waste. Click here to find out more about the annual World Environment Day and Earth Hour events.

St Peter’s engaged the Sustainability Field Worker to carry out an assessment of their church. One recommendation was to install insulation under the office floor. Buildings lose 20% of their heat through uninsulated floors and it is relatively cheap to insulate small areas such as offices that are occupied all day. There is no need to insulate old church buildings as they are occupied for only short periods of time.

However uninsulated churches need to look to the most efficient forms of heating and St Peter’s are currently investigating replacing their old heaters with more efficient, long wave radiant heaters. To learn more about types of heating for churches go to the DIY Sustainability Surveys page of the Cherished Earth website.