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.
Gleaning to Give
Saturday, November 10,
9AM to 12PM
at Windy Hills Farm in Riner, VA
What is this? Join with your church community to spend the morning gathering produce (in this case turnips) that have been left in the field to be distributed and used by food banks, soup kitchens, food pantries and other hunger agencies.
What organization will we work with? Society of St. Andrew, through the Potato and Produce Project, sponsors gleaning in this field throughout the fall.
Who can come? This is an event for all ages. There is no age limit in the field as long as parents are responsible for watching children. The Potato and Produce Project recommends gleaning for children in grade 2 and up.
What should I wear/bring? Wear layers appropriate for the weather. Event will occur rain or shine. Bring drinks and snacks, lunch if you would like to stay and eat at the farmhouse yard with the group after gleaning is finished.
RSVPs are required by Thursday, November 8. Please contact the church office to RSVP, and let us know if you would like to meet earlier at the church for carpooling. Waivers will be completed by everyone, and any gleaners under 18 will need a waiver signed by an adult. A brief orientation at 9am at the farm is required for everyone.
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.
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.
Plastic Bag and film Recycling
You can bring most plastic bags and most film type plastics and drop them in one of our two boxes to be recycled.
Not sure what can be recycled? Check out the information sheets attached.