Concern about Climate Change was the original motivation for our church’s decision to become an Eco Church. Since then we have regularly engaged with both Reading Borough Council and our local MPs on the climate crisis, and attended mass demonstrations and climate conferences including COP26 in Glasgow and the demo in London last December for COP28. Despite the deep seriousness of the issues at stake, these are always uplifting and enjoyable events to be a part of. Our mission partner, Joel Kelling,  sent back this report from COP27, Good COP, and wrote this blog from COP28.

Several of us are members of Reading Area Green Christians whose projects include supporting the Climate and Ecology Bill. In 2020 Oxford Diocese voted to reach net zero carbon by 2035.

In 2021, many of us joined with our current bishop, the Rt Revd Olivia Graham, in welcoming and walking with the Young Christian Climate Network on their pilgrimage from the G7 meeting in Cornwall to COP26 in Glasgow. Our Associate Priest, Christine Bainbridge, regularly joins the Wednesday afternoon prayer vigils outside parliament. You can find out more about our activities on our blog. We are currently working towards installing an air source heat pump as well as working with St John’s School to provide solar panels for the electricity.

Useful links

Find out about the national Eco Church programme here.

There are lots of resources at the Green Christian website here.

We are a member of the Reading Climate Action Network – you can see their resources & news or sign their pledge here.

We have measured our Carbon Footprint with Climate Stewards, here. They have lots of resources for individuals too.