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Pardovan, Kingscavil and Winchburgh is an "eco-congregation", one of a growing number of churches throughout Scotland and the UK which share the conviction that they way in which we over-exploit the natural environment is dishonouring our Creator God, and that if we do nothing in the face of this we are failing in our duty to God.
We were the 41st church to gain the "Eco Congregation award.
The Award reads:
This church in West Lothian showed creative flair in making the link between environmental issues and Christian faith. They produced banners of the seven days of creation and the Sunday School used the story of Noah’s Ark as an opportunity to lead worship with a climate change theme. They have rebuilt the mission hall using recycled materials and to a high standard of energy efficiency, and are developing a biblical garden. Environmental thinking underlies all of church life, for example in decisions about where to hold services, provision of transport, and open air services and activities. Practical community action is demonstrated in support for Fair Trade and the village cleanup.
Since we won the award, we have undertaken a major refurbishment of Winchburgh Church. During this we took full account of ecological concerns: the heating system was chosen as the one with the least environmental impact, the church was repainted using water based paint instead of oil based, and the wood in the new chairs came from sustainable forests.
More information about the eco-congregation project is available at the ecocongregation website.