The PCUSA Earth Care Congregation program welcomes newly certified Earth Care Congregation Nashua Presbyterian Church (NH). When this congregation was chartered as a PCUSA church and built its sanctuary in 1997, they chose to build it back from the road – in the woods. They call themselves “The Church in the Woods.” Because of their love of the woods and adjoining wetlands on their 13 acres, they built with a care for the environment and continue to treasure this gift of part of God’s creation.
Having built an energy efficient building, they have since added: a memorial garden, nine flower gardens, meditation trail (including a geocache) and have added features to help manage storm water run-off and provide a wildlife-friendly habitat.
Their most recent project is a large community garden that will include a special section for the children this year. Particularly interesting are the efforts the congregation made to convert lawns to low-moisture grass and to put solar-motion-activated lights in the parking lot.