1. Activites and point values

Introduction

For each level of recognition the congregation needs 30 points. Below are the categories and a few examples. On the pages following you will find extensive lists of ideas, resources, and action steps with point values assigned. They are intended to spark your creativity, not constrain it. If you come up with an activity you’d like to do, propose it to the Green Congregations contact person at the above web address and agree on a point value.

Education: up to 4 points per level

1 point per hour.

See the Education ideas page and the MEESC website if you need ideas for educational activities.

Activities Specifically for Children: up to 6 points per level

2 points per hour.

See list on MEESC website if you need ideas for children’s activities.

Worship / Preaching: up to 6 points per level

1 point per creation care sermon.

2 points per Sunday that includes creation care themed music, prayers of the people, Eucharistic prayer, and sermon. These might be celebrated on Earth Day, near Rogation Days, near the Feast of St. Francis, or as part of a Creation Season.

See the Worship ideas page and the MEESC website if you need ideas for sermons or worship.

Programs and Support: up to 10 points per level

For example: Use cups and dishes that can be washed and re-used.

½ point per parish event or
3 points if adopted for all coffee hours
5 points if adopted for all events including coffee hours.

See the Action steps page for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

A major initiative may be awarded more than 10 points or be spread across more than one level. Consult the Green Congregations contact person.

Buildings and Grounds: up to 20 points per level

Examples:

Seal air leaks to the outdoors: 5 points

Increase insulation in roof or attic: 15 points.

See the Action steps page for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

Community Involvement: up to 15 points per level

See the Action steps page for a list of activities and values. You may also propose your own ideas to the Green Congregations contact person.

Green Activities at Home: up to 20 points per level

The green team picks one or more action steps to promote throughout the congregation. Members turn in a card when they have completed each step.

Whatever percentage of the average Sunday attendance takes a particular step, the congregation receives an equal percentage of the points assigned for that action, times two.  Thus in the example above, if 75% of the congregation sealed air leaks and added insulation to their roof or attic, the congregation could count 30 points toward the next level. [75% times 20 points, times 2.]

Previous work

Property improvements going back 5 years, or ongoing activities may be counted toward the Spring Green level. For activities at home a commitment to maintain the structure or continue the activity is promised on the card.

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