EARTH CARE CONGREGATION
First Presbyterian Church of Bordentown is committed to responsible stewardship of the earth, as God calls us to be in Genesis. We are in the process of becoming an Earth Care Congregation through the Presbyterian Mission Agency. As an Earth Care Congregation, we will accept the following pledge:
Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.
1. Our worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation and declare that God calls us to cherish, protect and restore this earth.
2. In education, we will seek learning and teaching opportunities to know and understand the threats to God’s creation and the damage already inflicted. We will encourage and support each other in finding ways of keeping and healing the creation in response to God’s call to earth-keeping, justice and community.
3. Our facilities will be managed, maintained and upgraded in a manner that respects and cherishes all creation, human and non-human, while meeting equitably the needs of all people. In our buildings and on our grounds we will use energy efficiently, conserve resources, and share what we have in abundance so that God’s holy creation will be sustainable for all life and future generations.
4. Our outreach will encourage public policy and community involvement that protects and restores the vulnerable and degraded earth as well as oppressed and neglected people. We will be mindful that our personal and collective actions can positively or negatively affect our neighborhood, region, nation and world. We will seek to achieve environmental justice through coalitions and ecumenical partnerships.
Actions we have already taken during our journey to become an Earth Care Congregation include:
-Youth Group removed invasive plant species from a local park
-Several of our worship services have had earth care related themes
-Church members went on a hike together
-We sent delegates to the Presbyterians for Earth Care conference
-Switched to high-efficiency water heaters
-Make efforts to decrease paper use
Actions we are planning to take as we continue our Earth Care journey include:
-Host an educational event about recycling
-Show a documentary related to earth care issues
-Sunday schoolers will make upcycled art for our annual art show
-Articles relating to earth care will be featured in our church newsletter
-We will plant native plants and trees on church grounds
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First Presbyterian Church of Bordentown
420 Farnsworth Ave.
Bordentown, NJ 08505