Environmental Ministries is a part of the Presbyterian Hunger Program
PC(USA) Environmental Ministries exists to equip and connect you, your church, and your presbytery for your earth care ministry. Join us in this vital, meaningful work for God’s creation! Learn More.
“…God's work in creation is too wonderful, too ancient, too beautiful, too good to be desecrated...Restoring creation is God's own work in our time, in which God comes both to judge and to restore...”
Looking for the Earth Care Congregation Checklist? Find it as part of the Earth Care Congregation application here. Also see the “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”
Share your story
Many Presbyterian churches are making environmental stewardship part of their ministry through worship, education, facilities and outreach projects that respond to our call to till and keep the garden. Read some of their stories. If your church has a story to share, please email it to Rebecca Barnes.
I am a member of the earth care team at Covenant Presbyterian in Johnson City, TN. Recently the preschooler activity leader asked me if I knew of any earth care orientated activities which might be appropriate for this group. I was forced to confess that I was clueless (77 year old retired biology professor) but said I would try to find something. Can anyone out there help me?
At Warner Memorial in Kensington MD, we buy 100% recycled paper via Church Paper Direct. Use a Constant Contact subscription to send monthly newsletter and weekly reminders. 59 families still get a paper newsletter.
Thanks, Alison. Our experience has been about the same. We're still experimenting.
Our church is trying to reduce paper too. We've gone to the screen behind the pastors, and there has been consternation. We already had a Thursday email to the congregation with events and schedules, but there are still people without email and some who just don't read it. We had to add the prayer list to the Thursday mail. We've continued to produce bulletins for people who want them (mostly older) and for the choir who need advance notice of the order of service.
Our newly-certified Earth Care congregation in The Woodlands, Texas is interested in learning how other congregations have reduced the use of paper in the worship services (bulletin, weekly newsletter) without harming communication with members and visitors about the life of the church.