Can You Create an Environmentally Concious Prayer Space? - 10 Mar 2020

Is it possible to create an environmentally conscious Prayer Space? 

Have you ever thought how much plastic you gather creating a prayer space?  

Creating a 24-7 Prayer Room has its challenges, not just in discerning God’s vision but also the practical implications of creating a space that is comfortable, engaging and inviting for people to come and spend time with the Creator Himself.  

The difficulties are mostly time and budget restraints, or let’s face it sometimes no budget at all.  That means we must get more creative; scrounge for things from charity shops, left-over Christmas decorations and parent’s attics!   

But sometimes we have to buy things, what about the ethical and sustainable implications of our shopping? 

It is a minefield! 

If you have tea in your prayer space, are the tea bags Fairtrade and compostable? Are compostable paper cups better because they are renewable or should we by mugs from a supermarket that we don’t know how or who makes them?   

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ (Genesis 2:15) 

The issue can feel overwhelming, but it’s too compelling not to do anything.  We are compelled because God in his love has asked us to partner with him and care for his creation and his people and we desire to steward well not exploit people and the land in the process.  

I’ve been doing some online searching to see if I can find some ways that might be able to be a helpful resource to us in this area.  The answer to our question is YES, you can create an environmentally concious prayer space if you consider the following options: 

REUSE: 

This is the best environmental option.  The item already exists so there is no process involved and it then saves it from going to landfill.  Charity shops, eBay, freecycle and your parent’s attic are your best hunting grounds – but you need time to do this

Shop ethical companies: 

If you don’t have time on your hands or can’t find the right thing second hand then perhaps you need to purchase it. This means that you can buy something of good quality, but usually more expensive.   

Shop Sustainable:

Wherever possible buy items or products that are wrapped in paper rather than plastic or ideally not wrapped at all.  Buy organic (fabric especially, as cotton is the most sprayed crop) and buy local.   

Recycle:

Whether it’s cardboard to create a 3D model or buying a recycled pad of paper.  Get creative.   

Want to know more?

Join us next Tuesday for part 2 of this post; we will share links and ideas for each of these options. Giving you the practical advise for your next sustainable prayer space. 

Written by Amelia Smith - HTB Church 

 

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