On the first Sunday in August, worship at St Andrew’s focused on the climate emergency and what we can do in response. Actions replaced the sermon as we each wrote a promise on a label and hung it on a ‘promise tree’ at the front of the church.
After worship we gathered to plant a rowan tree in the front garden. The rowan, or mountain ash, is a native of the UK, and found particularly on northern hills. Its leaves and flowers host insects and its bright orange berries provide welcome early autumn food for birds. We also hung a bird feeder on one of the trees already in the garden and plan to place bird boxes on the sides of the building and create a wild flower garden. We hope these actions will help St Andrew’s achieve an Eco-Church Award.