Love your neighbour

‘So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.’ Romans 12:1 (The Message)

If your church would like to twin its bins – either inside the church building or hall, or outside – we’d love to help in any way we can.

Church services

Why should Christians care for the environment?

  • There are more people living on this planet and making use of its resources than ever before.
  • Our participation in God’s mission requires that we value his creation, and bear witness to his final redemption of all of creation.
  • We have a mandate to love our neighbour – and those living in poverty are affected every day by the injustices caused by a lack of access to rubbish collections.

‘To claim to love the Creator but to abuse the world in which we live is like claiming to be fans of Shakespeare whilst burning his plays. The created world is God’s masterpiece.’

Marika Rose and Jason Fletcher, Tearfund 2007 report entitled Why should Christians care for the Environment?

What bin could you twin?

We’d love your church to twin all its bins! If you twin a bin, you’ll receive a sticker to put on your bin that features a photo of an overseas project that is collecting people’s rubbish, disposing of it safely, recycling as much as possible and promoting waste reduction.

You can choose to twin with a social enterprise in Pakistan, Haiti, Uganda or Nigeria when you donate £45 to twin an inside or outside bin (If you plan to put your sticker outside, you’ll need to select your country from within the wheelie bin list, as the A5 sticker is weatherproof).

Or you can donate £150 and twin with a plastics recycling project in the Democratic Republic of Congo that’s creating 4,000 jobs in the capital Kinshasa. You’ll receive an A4 sticker that can go inside or outside (it’s weatherproof) – it’s up to you where you choose to display it.

Resourcing you for a Bin Twinning service

Please take a look at these resources we’ve created for you:

  1. Sermon notes
  2. A case study from Pakistan
  3. A PowerPoint (with sermon slides)
  4. Tips for organising a litter pick
  5. Tips for organising a plastic-free picnic or meal

Church pledge

As part of a Bin Twinning focus at your church, it’d be great if your church could twin all its bins, and take a Plastic Pledge too.

Can your church commit to stop using single-use plastics as much as possible (in particular disposable cups, plates and cutlery)? You can do this whether this is the first time your church has decided to cut back on plastic or whether you have never used disposables and are committing to keep it that way. Please let us know if you take the pledge – we’ve provided a pledge certificate for you to download and display – so we can celebrate with you.

Other resources

Our friends at Green Anglicans have produced a Sunday School resource called Oceans of Plastic and they’ve also created a Bible study for adults

Tearfund also supports A Rocha UK’s Eco Church project in England and Wales – it’s a great way to take your church further on this journey of caring for creation. If you are in Scotland, Northern Ireland or beyond, head over to Eco-congregation

Download your kit

'I much prefer a cuppa from a ceramic mug'

When Karen Hill moved to Huddersfield to start a new church, she wanted to avoid single-use cups. Karen says: ‘I much prefer a cuppa from a ceramic mug and convinced my church leader that it would save us money in the long run, as well as being a great way of showing our love for God’s earth and his creation.’ That was nine years ago, before many people were aware of the plastic problem. Every Sunday, as they serve refreshments, they are worshipping God and showing love for his world.

In developing countries, one person dies every 30 seconds from diseases caused by plastic pollution and rubbish