Christ Church, Colliers Wood

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Green matters

Christ Church photographed on Easter Day, 2007


Green matters

At Christ Church we encourage all members of the congregation and our visitors to REDUCE, RE-USE AND RECYCLE:
  • Reduce the amount of the Earth's resources that we use.
  • Re-use—Don't just bin it, could someone else make use of it?
  • Recycle—Can the materials be made into something new?

Christianity teaches that there is a creator God who gives us stewardship of that creation. It is important that we reflect theologically on the issues whilst also seeking to identify what we can do in our buildings to make them more environmentally friendly. The Church of England has its own website to promote care for the environment: Shrinking the Footprint.

We also recommend that people ‘Eat The Seasons’. As an example, for February the suggestion is that that the following foods are in season: VEGETABLES: beetroot, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chicory, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), purple sprouting broccoli, rhubarb, rocket, salsify, shallots, spinach, swede, turnips; FRUIT: bananas, blood oranges, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pineapple, pomegranate; HERBS, FLOWERS, FUNGI, NUTS: chives, coriander, mushrooms (cultivated), parsley (curly), truffles (black); MEAT: beef, chicken, guinea fowl, hare, mallard, partridge, pork, rabbit, turkey, venison, wood pigeon; FISH & SEAFOOD: brill, clams, cockles, conger eel, crab, dab, dover sole, eel, haddock, halibut, hake, john dory, langoustine, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters, salmon, scallops, shrimp, skate, turbot, whitebait, winkles. Weekly updates can be found on the Eat the Seasons website. Other useful sources of information are Know Your Food, and the Good Fish Guide of the Marine Conservation Society.

Freecycle ( allows you to pass on items you no longer need to a good home. You can also place requests for things you need on the offchance someone has something similar that they'd otherwise throw away. Our local group is the Merton one.

Christian Aid, supported by Christ Church, does a lot of campaigning for action on global warming, which is already having serious impact on developing countries. Find out how you can make a difference here.