Earth Care Congregations

Earth Care CongregationsIs 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 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. The Earth Care Congregation First Year Application (excel form) is under revision and will be uploaded soon, to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to rebecca.barnes@pcusa.org and environment@pcusa.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. The Earth Care Congregation Recertification Application (excel form) is under revision and will be uploaded soon, to be submitted between January 1—February 15, by email to rebecca.barnes@pcusa.org and environment@pcusa.org.

Going interfaith

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.

The following churches are certified as Earth Care Congregations:

  • Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky^
  • Bayfield Presbyterian Church, Bayfield, Wisconsin
  • Black River Presbyterian Church, Ivanhoe, North Carolina
  • Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland
  • Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church
  • Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Catonsville, Maryland
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Central Presbyterian Church, Waxahachie, Texas
  • Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
  • Christ Church Uniting Disciples and Presbyterians, Kailua, Hawaii
  • Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, New Jersey^
  • Christ Community Church, Cortland, New York
  • Church of the Covenant, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Church of the Pilgrims, Washington, D.C.
  • Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Colonial Heights, Virginia
  • Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon
  • Common Ground Church Community, North Lima, Ohio
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia
  • Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Culver City Presbyterian Church, Culver City, California
  • Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, North Carolina
  • Dorchester Presbyterian Church, Summerville, South Carolina
  • East Guilford United Presbyterian Church, Sidney, New York
  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford, Texas
  • Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, Alabama
  • First Presbyterian Church, Annapolis, Maryland
  • First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina
  • First Presbyterian Church, Athens, Ohio
  • First Presbyterian Church, Bend, Oregon
  • First Presbyterian Church, Caldwell, New Jersey^
  • First Presbyterian Church of Champaign, Illinois
  • First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
  • First Presbyterian Church, Concord, North Carolina
  • First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown, New York
  • First Presbyterian Church, Cottage Grove, Oregon
  • First Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church, Delaware, Ohio
  • First Presbyterian Church, Edwardsville, Illinois
  • First Presbyterian Church, Elizabethtown, Kentucky
  • First Presbyterian Church, Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • First Presbyterian Church, Henderson, Texas
  • First Presbyterian Church, Hoopeston, Illinois
  • First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia, Maryland
  • First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, New York
  • First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, Kansas
  • First Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • First Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah
  • First Presbyterian Church, Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • First Presbyterian Church, Monticello, Illinois
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge (Tennessee)
  • First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, California
  • First Presbyterian Church, San Bernadino, California
  • First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • First Presbyterian Church, Saranac Lake, New York
  • First Presbyterian Church of South St. Paul, Minnesota
  • First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, Illinois
  • First Presbyterian Church of Waco, Texas
  • First Presbyterian Church, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • First Presbyterian Church of Wooster, Ohio
  • First United Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Flagstaff Federated Community Church, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
  • Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Fort King Presbyterian Church, Ocala, Florida
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, Illinois
  • Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Steven’s Point, Wisconsin
  • Franklin Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Kentucky
  • Fredonia Presbyterian Church, Fredonia, New York
  • Gautier Presbyterian Church, Gautier, Mississippi
  • Geneva Presbyterian Church, Potomac, Maryland
  • Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
  • Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Easton, Massachusetts
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Hillsborough Presbyterian Church, Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • Huguenot Memorial Church, Pelham Manor, New York
  • Hunter Presbyterian Church, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, Bordentown, New Jersey
  • John Knox Presbyterian Church, Florissant, Missouri
  • Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church, Cary, North Carolina
  • Knox Presbyterian Church, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Korean Church of Boston, Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Latah Valley Presbyterian Church, Spokane, Washington
  • Light Street Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Limestone Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Macalester Plymouth United Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson, Maryland
  • McGregor Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Montevallo Presbyterian Church, Montevallo, Alabama
  • Montreat Presbyterian Church (USA), Montreat, North Carolina
  • Nashua Presbyterian Church, Nashua, New Hampshire
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Derwood, Maryland
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • New Life Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • North Como-Knox Presbyterian Church, Roseville, Minnesota
  • North Presbyterian Church, Willliamsville, New York
  • North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Georgia
  • Old South Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, Massachusetts
  • Park Central Presbyterian Church, Syracuse, New York
  • Pine Street Presbyterian Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Plumsted Presbyterian Church, New Egypt, New Jersey
  • Presbyterian Church of  the Apostles, Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, New Jersey
  • Presbyterian Church in Morristown, Morristown, New Jersey
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Radcliff Presbyterian Church, Radcliff, Kentucky
  • Ridgefield Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • River Glen Presbyterian Church, Naperville, Illinois
  • Riverlawn Presbyterian Church, Saint Albans, West Virginia
  • Riviera Presbyterian Church, Miami, Florida
  • Rockville United Church, Rockville, Maryland
  • Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Saint James Presbyterian Church, Bellingham, Washington
  • Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, North Bethesda, Maryland
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
  • Southminster Presbyterian Church, Beaverton, Oregon
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Billings, Montana
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Boulder, Colorado
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Kilmarnock, Virginia
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Tucker, Georgia
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, California
  • State College Presbyterian Church, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, California
  • Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, The Woodlands, Texas
  • Towson Presbyterian Church, Towson, Maryland
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton, Texas
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, McKinney, Texas
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware^
  • United Presbyterian Church, Cleburne, Texas
  • Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, North Carolina
  • Unity Presbyterian Church, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas
  • Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, Kensington, Maryland
  • Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, Webster Groves, Missouri
  • West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Eugene, Oregon
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portage, Michigan
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware
  • White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • White Plains Presbyterian Church, White Plains, New York
  • Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Woodlawn Chapel Presbyterian Church, Wildwood, Missouri
  • Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park, Maryland

(list updated May 2015)

We commend these congregations for their commitment to caring for God’s earth.

^A congregation also enrolled in the Green Faith Certification Program

See a map of Earth Care Congregations

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. If your church has a story to share, please email it to Rebecca Barnes-Davies.

For more church earth care stories, please visit the Eco-Journey blog.

Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana

Recycling bins

Recycling bins at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. Photo by Cindy Muse.

Cindy Muse, of Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, submitted the following story about her congregation’s journey to earth care:

Caring for Creation at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana, began with recycling. First, we started bringing our newspapers and magazines to church and received monies for our “trash.”  (We like those revenue generators.) Next, it was recycling soda cans and water bottles consumed at church.  Then, we placed recycling bins in our kitchen and office for plastics and cardboard. And just recently, we constructed a recycling and mission center, asking the congregation to save shoes for Haiti, food for a local food pantry, corks, inkjet cartridges, cell phones, etc. Some of the recyclables generate revenue; others do not. But all of the items collected demonstrate Orchard Park’s care for God’s creation.


First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, Florida

A solar panel on a church roof

Solar panels on the roof of First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Photo courtesy of FCP Tallahassee.

First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida, made the decision to install solar panels and go carbon neutral in 2007 in response to the 2006 General Assembly resolution urging all Presbyterians to become carbon neutral. Read more about the church’s projects in an article by Pam McVety, Stewardship of Creation enabler for the Florida Presbytery.


Frame Presbyterian Church, Steven’s Point, Wisconsin

Interior of a church

Frame Presbyterian sanctuary during 2008 Season of Creation. Photo provided by Susan Zencka.

Frame Presbyterian Church in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, started participating in the Season of Creation in 2006. The Season of Creation occurs for six weeks in the fall when the congregation explores our role in nature from a faith perspective. The Rev. Susan Gilbert Zencka explains that the time is a “liturgically faithful experience that hopes to help our people better understand the Bible as a nature-based text and aims to connect people more spiritually with the world our God has made.” In addition to celebrating the Season of Creation, the church has started using a practice-based creation care Christian education curriculum for children.


The Tillotson Building, Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas

The Tillotson Building

The Tillotson Building at Village Presbyterian Church, which was built with sustainable design techniques. Photo provided by Village Presbyterian Church.

The Tillotson Building, which houses the food pantry and clothes bank at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, was built using sustainable design techniques. These include high efficiency lighting, refrigeration, heating and cooling; increased use of natural lighting; a demonstration photovoltaic array that provides solar electricity and opportunities for public education; interior finishes that do not contain harmful VOCs; heat reflective roofing and water efficient systems, including a rain garden and sub drainage system to return rainwater to the ground.

For more information

Contact Environmental Ministries with any questions about the Earth Care Congregations Program.

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Read about churches doing earth care ministry on our blog.