The Parish Church of St Mary, Rye

St Mary’s Ecology Policy

 Agreed by the PCC in 2011

St Mary’s Church will promote the stewardship of God’s world through teaching, prayer, worship and practical action

 We will:

  • Hold services and events with themed worship, prayer and teaching on the care of creation 
  • Manage our use of energy in heating and lighting to minimise our carbon footprint
  • Manage our resources wisely, in particular reduce, recover, repair, re-use, recycle
  • Manage our cleaning and maintenance using environmentally-friendly materials where possible
  • Undertake our catering with LOAF principles in mind (Locally sourced, Organic, Animal-friendly, Fairly traded)
  • Explore how to make the churchyard a more sympathetic environment for plants and wildlife
  • Support Fair Trade in order to promote sustainable farming, ethical employment and the reduction of poverty through self-sufficiency
  • Raise awareness of green issues through publicising information and activities in the pew sheet, ‘Pendulum’, the notice board and the media
  • Promote links with the community through organising and supporting ‘green’ activities and events in Rye and beyond