BPC is certified, as of November 2015, as an Earth Care Congregation through Environmental Ministries of the PC(USA). Our Creation Care Team, formed in the spring of 2014, helps us maintain our certification by continuing activities and projects which nurture and celebrate the earth and help protect its resources, in the areas of worship, education, facilities and outreach. Our Session also affirmed an Earth Care Pledge as a part of the certification process.
Each year we observe a Season of Creation in worship, at a separate time from the other church seasons, during which we dedicate ourselves to continue to “actively nurturing our relationship with all of creation.” Members are encouraged to make new household and/or individual pledges to be intentional in how we care for the earth.
This year our Season of Creation will be celebrated from April 23rd through May 14th during Sunday Worship.
Educating people about the responsibilities of caring for Creation is a key element in maintaining our Earth Care Congregation status. There are a number of ways we have done this, including an Adult Sunday School class, a unit in a children's program, and in 2016 our Vacation Bible School theme was Creation Care. In April 2017, we held an Earth Day Fair for all ages in the Fellowship Hall after worship. Our Sunday Bulletin often includes quotes to help keep the issue of earth care before us.
Here is a list to help you recycle items that cannot be placed in Single Stream.
Our grounds are officially a Wildlife Habitat, certified through the National Wildlife Federation, and we maintain a habitat garden specifically for Monarch caterpillars and butterflies. In 2016, we established a Creation Care garden on the side of the church near the parking lot, using mostly cultivars of native plants, and plants chosen for their desirability by pollinators.
Our building has energy efficient heating and cooling and we recycle almost 100% of our paper, glass, electronics, etc. We also use, exclusively, Fair Trade Coffee.
As a church, we are connected to the Mulanje Mission in Malawi. Through this we stand in solidarity with members of the Mulanje community, who are negatively impacted by issues of environmental injustice including food security and water availability.
At the November 2017 Presbytery meeting, our congregation will be recognized as a certified Earth Care Congregation, and we are working with the Presbytery Mission Committee to plan an educational segment encouraging other congregations to seek certification.
Our congregation is a member of Presbyterians for Earth Care.