Bethesda Methodist Church in Gloucestershire is an “eco-church” and is one of very few churches in England to have received a number of national environmental awards. This recognises a church’s stewardship of God’s Creation through practical action. For around a decade the congregation has been increasing its commitment to live more “sustainably”.

Solar PV panels have been installed on Bethesda’s south facing roof. The church sells Traidcraft goods, low energy light bulbs and recycled paper. It has a recycling programme, a ‘green retreat’ courtyard, and uses low energy lighting.  Acting locally and globally in the interests of a sustainable world, the church’s own carbon offset programme has paid for the installation of a solar hot water system at Sukumanwenze AIDs orphanage in Durban, South Africa.

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