Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Combat climate change with John

By Bishop Press -May 19, 2022

The scientific basis of climate change is inarguable. So much so that many in power, nationally, internationally and locally, including Durham County Council, have officially declared climate change to be a Climate Emergency.  

Whilst corporations, the main drivers of climate change, should be leading in the reduction of global emissions, every one of us has the ability to make an impact. Bishop Auckland Methodist Church minister, Rev. John Purdy, who is a leading figure in the Bishop  Auckland Climate Action Group, also believes we can all help reduce our carbon footprint.

Rev. John Purdy gives some handy tips to deal with climate change.
Rev. John Purdy gives some handy tips to deal with climate change

Over the next few weeks, John will be explaining what we can do locally to lower the effects of climate change.

He begins by explaining his own rationale for getting involved in the battle to save the planet:

The Bible begins with God creating the world and seeing that it was very good, and increasingly I have discovered God’s desire as recorded in the Bible for us to keep it in its beautiful, life-enhancing, state.

From lockdown reading and online academic study, I have increasingly heard the scientific evidence of change and the consensus to act now to ‘decarbonise’ i.e., ‘stop burning stuff’.

Finally, late in the day, I have spent more time in the garden, in nature, observing and learning how to care, and this has been rewarding.

So where to start?

The first task is to discover and feed your own motivation and driver to engage with this topic. That might be science, family, nature, faith, community, or even financial prudence. It doesn’t particularly matter which, but something needs to move and inspire us for the changes in lifestyle we will face.

This is easier with likeminded people. Locally, Bishop Auckland Climate Action is a friendly place to start.

The main goal is to reduce our carbon footprint, and get to ‘net zero’ where we emit no more carbon dioxide than we can remove from the atmosphere.

We are already doing this, without really realising it, in the move from coal to natural gas, (natural gas when burned emits about half the amount of CO2 as burning coal) in more efficient washing machines and fridges, and in a change to LED bulbs.

But this is not fast enough or far enough to stop biodiversity loss, global warming, sea-level rise etc. So, what more can we do?

Next time, we will begin to examine options that will allow us to make an immediate impact on sustainable living.

Meanwhile, if you would like to connect with others already actively engaged in caring for the climate, why not join the Bishop Auckland Climate Action group on Facebook.

The article above appeared in the edition of Bishop Press distributed on 21st May 2022


Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

As we haven’t been able to have our Church Quizes in the normal way we are attempting to hold the Quiz on ZOOM


Saturday, June 12th at 7.00pm

Teams of no more than 4 people

TICKETS – £5.00 each

Supper – A snack supper will be delivered to your home on the day of the quiz together with your joining instructions.
Please pay for your team’s entry when the supper is delivered.

Get your team together now!

Now that we are allowed to have 2 households meet together indoors, we hope that you will join in with others, but please, no more than 4 in a team.

Anyone can enter a team &
everyone is welcome to join in.

Don’t forget your Team Name !!

Please register your Team by Sunday June 6th

Ring Ralph/Olive on 01388.662668
to book your place.

Young church – Sunday 18th April

The reading for this week is Luke 24.36b-48.

This week, I would like us to think about your emotions, and why we feel the way we do. I would like you to draw a sunshine on one side of a piece of paper, and a cloud and rain on the other side. On the sun side, I would like you to write good emotions you have felt, for example, happy, excited, and anything else like this. On the side with the cloud and the rain, I would like you to write words that aren’t the happiest words, for example, tired, sad, upset, nervous.

What has made you feel these emotions, and what can we do to stop the bad ones?

A prayer (for children)

We come from different homes
and different places,
but we come together
to learn more about you, Jesus.
Open our minds Lord, we pray. Amen.

CLICK HERE for the children’s activity sheet.

The Big Church Sing – Easter Special!

Get ready for The Big Church Sing – Easter Special! 

Raise your voices to your favourite Easter hymns on Easter Sunday – 4 April, live on the Methodist Church’s YouTube channel at 4pm.

Be part of this huge Easter singing festival as we worship together across the nation and globally with acclaimed Christian musicians and other very special guests! All performing to support the work of All We Can for some of the world’s marginalised communities! 

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