The Church of St. John the Evangelist
The congregation of the Church of St. John the Evangelist is formed by Anglicans who are drawn to the worship experience offered in a place which is, essentially, a green oasis in the core of the center of the City of Kitchener. One of the Marks of the Mission of the Anglican Church is,”…to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth…”. At St.John’s the support for a Green Passion ministry has been a transformational experience in the life of the congregation. The congregation has linked environmental concerns with their ministry priorities and has moved to the point where, in the words of a member of the parish, ” St. John’s is a place where Living Water is offered to Thirsty Souls on Water Street”
Business Type: Faith Community
20% water footprint reduction commitment from 2014 (absolute)
Emissions: St. John’s began tracking their water reduction in 2014. The graph below displays their progress thus far.
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects
Sustainability is a theme – included in their 5 marks of mission, which is in their weekly bulletin, specifically: ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’
Green Team: The church’s “Green Passion Ministry” is where ‘Green’ issues are brought up and discussed with the minister, leadership, and maintenance team. Many different people contribute ideas and want to be involved.
Diocese of Huron Awards: the Church of St John is viewed as a leader within the Diocese
Green Parish Designation: for 2009, 2010, and 2011
Green Scared Space Award for 2011
Environmental Achievement Award for 2010
Additional Information and Pictures
Cistern & Rain Garden Workshop:
Water Festival Celebration:
Green Passion Page: http://www.stjohn316.com/a-caring-community/green-passion/