Environmentally-friendly Emerson Park church picks up green accolade

An Emerson Park church is proving it loves all creatures great and small after being the first in Havering to scoop a special environmental prize.

Nelmes United Reformed Church, in Nelmes Road, has won the ecumenical Eco-Congregation Award for its work in going green.

Over the past three years the church has created recycling facilities, begun using a ‘green electricity’ supply, and introduced roof insulation and efficient heating, lighting and plumbing.

The church has helped its members and the groups who use its buildings to make environmentally-friendly changes in their personal lives.

Also, the church has supported the Water Aid charity, raising hundreds of pounds for the supply of clean drinking water and better sanitation in some of the poorest parts of the world.

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Upminster MP Angela Watkinson presented the award to the church on Sunday June 19.

Rev David Skipp said: “We believe this is God’s world and we are stewards of God’s creation. All of us must play our part in treasuring the world we live in.”

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The co-ordinator for Eco-Congregation at the church, Dr Barbara Sanderson, said: “We are tremendously proud of what we have achieved here, each year we are working to reduce our carbon footprint and to spread the message of environmental awareness as widely as we can. This is a beginning and not an end, we will be looking for yet more ways that we can play our part in advancing the eco-friendly agenda.”

Eco-Congregation encourage churches to consider environmental issues within a Christian context.

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