Four of Our Presbytery Churches are Earth Care Congregations
Our presbytery has four churches that are designated by Presbyterian Mission Agency as Earth Care Congregations: Fort King Presbyterian Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach, and Riverside Presbyterian Church. They have each committed to the fourfold pledge to care for our creation:
- Worship and discipleship will celebrate God’s grace and glory in creation.
- Education will encourage and support each other in keeping and healing the creation.
- Facilities will be managed, maintained, and upgraded to respect and cherish all creation.
- Outreach will encourage community involvement and public policy to protect and restore the earth.
Once a church is designated as an Earth Care Congregation, there is an annual renewal process which helps churches attest to their commitments to earth care ministry in ways that harmonize with their church’s overall mission and programming. We are pleased to highlight some of their current and former earth care projects.
Click on the church name for a story about its Earth Care Congregation activities!
The presbytery’s camp and conference center, Montgomery Presbyterian Conference Center, is designated as a Green Leaf Seal camp, an environmental program originally sponsored by the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association. The organization recognizes that camp and conference centers have been long-time advocates of sustainable farming practices, environmental education, and eco-justice activities.
Read more about Montgomery Center’s Farm to Table program and its commitment to beautify the grounds, promote sustainability, and make the culinary department more efficient.
Earth Care Congregation Resources
- Earth Care Congregations – primary page for PCUSA/Presbyterian Mission Agency
- Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches
- Presbyterians for Earth Care – an Eco Justice Network
- Faith in Place Environmental Resource Library
- Creation Justice Ministries
- The Green Bible – Understand the Bible’s Powerful Message for the Earth