Kirk praised for eco stance

The team at Penicuik North Kirk receive their eco award
The team at Penicuik North Kirk receive their eco award

A Midlothian church has received an eco-award recognising its work towards “climate justice” by carrying out a major refurbishment of the premises.

Earlier this year, assessors from Eco-Congregation Scotland - an ecumenical movement helping local groups of Christians link environmental issues to their faith, reduce environmental impact and engage with their community - visited Penicuik North Kirk.

The group commended the congregation on their stewardship of the premises.

The Rev Trevor Jamison, Eco Congregation Scotland environmental chaplain, presented the award at a morning service.

North Kirk’s minister, Rev Ruth Halley, said: “We believe that working with others in our community to care for the environment is a key part of living out our Christian faith and are delighted to have our action so far recognised and hope to build on this in the years ahead. “

At a recent Sunday service, Mr Jamison also handed over a baton made from a recycled church pew - one of two batons being passed from church to church across Scotland with a message for the Paris climate talks in December - COP21, the 21st session of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which aims to reach international agreement on measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Now is the time for climate justice,” said Mr Jamison. “Churches in Scotland, aware that climate change is damaging God’s creation, are pressing the nations’ leaders to make a deal in Paris for the sake of those who are most vulnerable.”

Pictured are Session Clerk Rev Jim Black, Rev Trevor Jamison, Eco Team leader David Tulloch, Rev Ruth Halley, and Eco team member Andrew Knox.