With momentum and support, Grace Presbyterian Church has their eye on the new year! Grace Presbyterian jumped into action in after hearing the call to creation care. Last year, their congregation’s Missions Committee supported “greening” their congregation and rallied around new initiatives brought forward by a newly created position, an environmental liaison. This team looked for ways to educate, inspire and update the church.
Grace Presbyterian planted 100 native plants on their property with a faith based grant from Plant NoVA Natives. The garden acts on creation care and serves as an education point for the community. Plaque cards were placed on each plant for the community to learn. Watch a video about the native plant garden. Additionally, the environmental liaison team saw the opportunity for recycling education within the congregation. The team created signage and purchased recycling bins so people knew what to recycle and where to recycle. This initiative helped increase the congregation’s recycling and influenced members behaviors beyond the doors of the church. The environmental liaison team also installed LEDs across the campus. This along with continued reminders to shut off lights has had a tremendous impact on their utility bill and electric use.
These steps are helping to lead the charge for more initiatives in 2019. The congregation is looking into installing solar panels and motion censored lighting as well as planting an herb garden in the back of their church.
Thanks to Grace Presbyterian for an inspiring start to 2019!