Become an Earth Care Congregation
Is your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved in being stewards of God’s earth? Use “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches” to find ideas for earth care projects.
To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Submit your application (see below "getting started") January 1-February 15 of the calendar year in which you'd like to be certified.
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Getting started: Earth Care Congregations applications
Get started on the path to becoming an Earth Care Congregation or find re-certification materials by downloading “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches.”
NOTE: The annual enrollment/recertification period for 2016 is January 1-February 15. You may begin submitting your application at the start of the New Year through February 15. This is a change from previous years, when we accepted rolling applications, so please contact us if you have any questions!
To become certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation in the first year, a church fills out the Earth Care Pledge and tracks its commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Click here to download the Earth Care Congregation First Year Application (excel form), to be submitted between January 1-February 15, 2016, by email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become re-certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation, a church tracks its continued commitments to earth care in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Progress in each of the areas should be marked since the time of the last certification. Click here to download the Earth Care Congregation Recertification Application (excel form), to be submitted between January 1-February 15, 2016, by email to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER: next applications will be accepted between January 1-February 15, 2016.
As an option for churches that would like to take advantage of additional resources, coaching, and interfaith connections, Environmental Ministries has partnered with GreenFaith to invite Presbyterian congregations to consider this interfaith certification program. Going through GreenFaith's two year intensive will count for PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation certification and will enable participating churches to raise effective environmental leaders, reduce their operating expenses, and attract new members. Click here to learn more about the resources, webinars, and collaboration between Environmental Ministries and GreenFaith.
To listen to a recording of a webinar that introduces the GreenFaith program, click here.
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Read about churches doing earth care ministry on our blog.
Woods Memorial PC in Severna Park, Md is an Earth Care Congregation. This year we are making the paved walkways and woodland pathways onour campus evident to our members and the community-at-large. Our outside perimeter is 3/4 mile so it provides a nice walk for fitness, a labyrinth will provide a meditation area, benches with signage will mention spiritual and environmental aspects of nature and the children will be encouraged to follow the pathway with wooden carved chipmunks. Our new rain garden will help with storm water runoff. Our Welcome and Evangelism, Adult Education, Property Management, and Children and Youth Ministries are all participating in this effort to awaken us to God's glorious creation.l
I am all for it. Taking care of our Earth is our responsibility. All citizens of the world should learn and know how to take care of our enduring Earth
Looking for a Earth Care Lenten calendar? Try: http://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/environment/pdf/lentcalendarnew.pdf
Ann, thanks for your comment. I am glad to hear that the Earth Care Congregations program has helped your church on its journey of making environmental stewardship part of your ministry.
This is so worthwhile. Our little church was just certified and it was a wonderful journey and continues to be so. We must step up to stewardship of this earth that God has given us.