Kilbride Presbyterian Church wins Eco-Congregation Ireland’s 10th award!

The church has undertaken many steps in recent years to become more eco-friendly and is particularly noteworthy for its initiatives that benefit the local community, including litter picks, craft fairs, bulb-planting and helping developing a local river walk.

Presenting the award, Sr Catherine Brennan, ECI chairperson, said: “We need to appreciate all over again that the Earth is vivified by the living Spirit of God. As Christians, we are called to live as members of the Earth community and to be partners with God in the ongoing creation. This moment of crisis calls for a spirituality and ethics that will empower us to live in the web of life as sustainers rather than destroyers of the Earth and her resources.

Bertie Stirling, who co-ordinates Kilbride’s eco activities, said the initiatives undertaken by the congregation were a “natural response”. “Over many years members of the congregation have responded to situations and needs,” he said. “As Christians they have looked at how something could be improved, how someone could be helped, how something could be saved, how we could look after our environment better.