First Presbyterian Church was officially certified as a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation (ECC) in February of 2019, and is committed to being good stewards of the earth. Using the PC(USA)’s ECC structure as a general guide, our Earth Care Action Group serves the program by looking at how we can be mindful of eco-justice in all facets of our life together as a congregation, implementing activities and practices in the areas of worship, education, facilities, and outreach. Each year, the church must apply for re-certification to remain an ECC, so we are continually mindful of how we are integrating these practices across the ministries and throughout our operations.
In 2018, the Session of First Church signed the Earth Care Pledge which states, “Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people the special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth.” FPC is also a member of Presbyterians for Earth Care, a PC(USA) eco-justice network. Additionally, we have signed the “We’re Still In” declaration, stating that we stand behind the Paris Climate Agreement, and pledge to do our part to uphold the pact.
Ways to Get Involved
- Join the Earth Care Action Group – meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
- Sign up for a First Church garden workday
- Participate in our volunteer days with Harlem Grown
- Sign-up for the O&S list-serv to receive updates on other ways to participate