10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910
Our faith urges us to defend and heal God’s creation while working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. This call is rooted in the human vocation of “tilling and keeping” the garden from Genesis 2:15, as well as Christ’s charge to work with and for the most vulnerable.
LPC is committed to becoming certified through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) as an “Earth Care Congregations.” This requires us to conduct an audit of the church’s environmental practices and accomplish a specific number of actions toward caring for God’s earth in four categories: worship, education, facilities, and outreach.
During 2018, concerned members formed a committee, initially called the “Green Team” and now known as the “Creation Care Team,” to conduct the audit and recommend tasks to the Session.
Our activities in 2018 have included:
The Creation Care Team studied power usage at the church’s property, and we are raising money to replace incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.
We distributed reuseable shopping bags to the congregation.
We have participated in Bluffton clean-up projects and adopted Simmonsville Road as part of Beaufort County’s Adopt-a-Highway program.
Earth Day 2018 was recognized in worship and environmental concerns are regularly included in Sunday prayers and sermons.
Vacation Bible School included a segment on plastic pollution and the children prepared a banner on this issue.
The committee sponsored a fellowship dinner for the congregation and invited a speaker from a regional conservation organization.
We have encouraged members to carpool to church.
We regularly inform members of special recycling opportunities, especially for electronics and other hazardous waste.
In January 2019 we will present to the national church our audit results and report on the actions taken during 2018. We are confident that Lowcountry Presbyterian will be certified as a Creation Care Congregation. Certification, however, is just the beginning. To remain certified, we must continue to find new ways of acting responsibly with God’s creation.
The Creation Care Team seeks new members who share our interest in caring for God’s creation. For more information contact Gretchen or Jon Nickel at (240) 507-3993 or at firstname.lastname@example.org