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Flourishing Future Group

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Formerly the Green Action Group, this page describes some of our awareness of being part of something bigger than ourselves. You can read about our latest activity and plans for the future.

Eco-Congregation

In February, Eco-Congregation Scotland awarded its Bronze Award to Holy Trinity.

Contents

Updates

Vision

A Church where faith, community and environment are at the heart of its decision-making and provide a beacon to support a just transition to net zero.

Mission

To develop plans and strategies that ensure the environment is embedded in our faith, decision making and activity by:

  • promoting opportunities to reduce resource consumption and dependency on carbon;
  • enhancing opportunities for carbon capture and biodiversity;
  • providing an exemplar of best practice for the Church and the wider community.

Strategy (summary)

Our strategy also speaks to Holy Trinity’s core principles of being open, inclusive, inspiring, friendly and deep to support its flourishing future. The following summarises our aims for each aspect of the life of the Church.

1. Worship and Liturgy

The aim is to embed the care for God’s creation into the life of the Church through preaching, liturgy, worship and prayer.

2. Theology and All-Age Education

The aim is to reduce our carbon footprint whilst simultaneously increasing our spiritual footprint.

3. Children’s Programme

The aim is to work with and inspire our children in faith and climate-related activities to the benefit of all.

4. Youth work

The aim is to HT young people in Church activities and decisions that deliver demonstrable benefits to the life of HT and its environment.

5. Church Property

The aim is to work closely with the Fabric Committee to support the efficient running of the Church whilst reducing its carbon footprint and wider impact on the environment.

6. Church Management

The aim is to bring sustainable practice and thinking to the heart of decision-making at HT.

7. Church Land

The aim is to grow HT’s visibility within the community and promote opportunities for biodiversity and carbon capture within its land.

8. Personal Lifestyle

The aim is to educate and encourage behaviours that support a sustainable, flourishing Church and Community. 

9. Community Outreach

The aim is to improve HT’s place within the community. 

10. Overseas concerns

The aim is to promote activities that are local to promote global priorities.

Our guiding principles in decision-making

In embedding the environment within our faith and decision-making, we should also take account of how we support a just and fair transition to net zero and therefore should also include the benefits to the local community.

Further reading

Meanwhile, you can read about the Group’s work on pages 14-15 of the September 2022 magazine.

Flourishing Futures Updates

January 2024

We start 2024 with a number of initiatives that support the future plans for the church, including the building, heating and the church grounds.

Joan Lyon provides an update from the HT Gardening Group below and we would draw your attention to the support required to drive these activities forward. Joan also provides some initial feedback on the consultation exercise we undertook following the ACM.

The HT Flourishing Future team meet with Eco-Congregation Scotland in January to discuss our application for the Bronze Award. The outcome of this should be known shortly.

Regifting Stall

Christmas is a time for giving and often we end up with gifts that are either duplicates or possibly ‘appreciated’ more by others. If you have any such presents that you would like to ‘regift’, we plan to run a Regifting Stall on Sunday the 3rd March.

A Santa Box/Sack will appear at the back of the Church towards the end of January and remain there for the duration of February. Please place any items that you would like to regift into this box. These items will be available in the Regifting Stall.

Donations by cash or credit card will be gratefully received. All proceeds will support the work of the Gardening Group.

January 2024

We start 2024 with a number of initiatives that support the future plans for the church, including the building, heating and the church grounds.

Joan Lyon provides an update from the HT Gardening Group below and we would draw your attention to the support required to drive these activities forward. Joan also provides some initial feedback on the consultation exercise we undertook following the ACM.

The HT Flourishing Future team meet with Eco-Congregation Scotland in January to discuss our application for the Bronze Award. The outcome of this should be known shortly.

Regifting Stall

Christmas is a time for giving and often we end up with gifts that are either duplicates or possibly ‘appreciated’ more by others. If you have any such presents that you would like to ‘regift’, we plan to run a Regifting Stall on Sunday the 3rd March.

A Santa Box/Sack will appear at the back of the Church towards the end of January and remain there for the duration of February. Please place any items that you would like to regift into this box. These items will be available in the Regifting Stall.

Donations by cash or credit card will be gratefully received. All proceeds will support the work of the Gardening Group.

HT Garden Group Progress Report

January 2024

This is not the season for much growth in our gardens, but plans for the front garden of Holy Trinity are growing apace. First of all, a huge thank you for your suggestions for our future garden, some of which can easily be put into practice and some for future planning.

Progress and plans so far

  1. Pebble border at base of front wall – pebbles to be delivered soon to cover the black matting. Some matting still to be laid at north east corner. Date for pebble shifting to be planned – please come with your shovels – many hands and all that!
  2. A grant request is to go to the charity “Repollinate” for wildflower plug plants through “Beds for Bees”. These will available soon and need to be stored in someone’s greenhouse/potting shed and cared for until planting time in late May/early June.
  3. Plans are with a local contractor for the felling of dead and/or dangerously high fir trees to the left of the building (as you enter the church) with the hope of replanting this area with native trees. We will be planting more trees in due course but work on the front facing of the building needs to be completed before that can happen. We have good links with the local Stirling Treelink charity (see their website).
  4. Benches/seating areas perhaps with some shade and refreshments served over the summer months.
  5. We plan to contact the local residents to invite them to join us and/or give a donation.
What might not work so well from your suggestions
  1. In reality fruit trees are likely to be stripped/damaged well before we can make any apple pies. This has happened both in Beechwood Park and King’s Park. Suggest a lavender and rosemary low hedge along inside of front wall.
  2. A Remembrance Garden as such does need a fair amount of space and people have very varied ideas of what might be placed within it.
    My personal suggestion would be to have some kind of service of dedication of the garden space in due course (first tree planting?) so that it can be a quiet space for anyone to use as they remember loved ones. A donation could perhaps be offered for specific trees or plants with appropriate plaques.

How can I help?

This is a long-term and hopefully ongoing project but progress does depend on you. Several skills will be needed so you don’t necessarily need to be able to wield a heavy shovel. If you can offer plant storage space, record keeping, sending out information emails, gentle gardening, heavier work, keeping the place generally tidy, producing cake for hungry gardeners, please contact Joan Lyon, who will be in touch about getting dates into the diary.

If you would like to make a financial contribution towards any aspect of these plans, please send this
directly to our Treasurer, Robert Nellist, or have a chat with Joan first.

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