The Degibna Prayer Chapel web pages
Our Chapel is set in a beautiful part of the Cornish countryside, surrounded by farmland and on the edge of the National Trust’s Penrose Estate. Nearby are Loe Pool, woodlands and coastline to explore, via a network of footpaths. We are aware that many of those who pass by, both locals and visitors, come to enjoy the scenery and to exercise, surrounded by nature. We are also aware of the many pressures facing nature: pollution, climate change etc. We want to play our part in celebrating and caring for creation in all its diversity.
'Our Church Caring For God’s Earth'
As a Prayer Chapel we seek to celebrate and care for God’s world in all areas of our life together:
- Through worship, prayer and learning together
- Through managing our building and land in an environmentally sensitive manner
- Through reducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible, and thereby reducing our carbon footprint and use of finite resources
- Through encouraging all groups & individuals who use our premises to care for creation and celebrate its wonders
- Through working in partnership with other local churches, community groups, charities etc. in caring for creation
- Through using the Eco Church and Green Church Kernow award schemes to measure our progress and inspire further action.
Therefore in recent years we have:
- changed to a green energy provider (Ecotricity)
- held an annual Environment Sunday
- adopted an environmental policy
- minimised use of disposable cups, plates etc.
- encouraged wildlife in the garden (bird-feeders etc.)
- offered Creation Walks which explore local area
- attained Eco Church Bronze & Silver awards
- changed to LED bulbs where possible
- provide cycle racks at front of chapel
In the near future we plan to:
- use only environmentally-friendly cleaning products
- make the garden even more wildlife-friendly
- calculate our energy use and carbon footprint
- Go for Eco Church Gold
This is an award scheme for churches of all denominations in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that they care for God’s earth. It covers 5 key areas of church life:
- Worship & Teaching
- Management of Church Buildings
- Management of Church Land
- Community & Global Engagement
The award has 3 levels – Bronze, Silver & Gold. For more information about Eco Church, visit ecochurch.arocha.org.uk