Green Apostles

and God saw that it was good

Eco Synod Bronze Award for the North Western Synod

We are the second Synod, nationally to achieve this award.

Welcome to Green Apostles, the environmental page of the North Western Synod

Here you will find ideas, issues, policies and practical action to help you and your church in your green discipleship 

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The ecobrick – a novel and versatile way of using waste plastics by Richard Pearce, URC Mersey Green Apostle Ecobrick The problem of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways and the consequential damage caused to marine life have been well publicised. Here’s one...

Who we are

The North Western Synod
Green Apostles:

Rev’d Daleen ten Cate

Ms Liz Delafield

Rev’d Kate Hunt

Rev’d Mike Aspinall

Mr Mike Hart

Mrs Claire MacIntyre

Miss Kerry Later

Rev’d Daleen ten Cate is Mission and Discipleship Mentor for Lancashire area.

Liz Delafield is the South Area Mentor.

Revd Kate Hunt is a Minister in the Cumbria Missional Partnership 

Mike Aspinall is a Minister in the East Cheshire and Derbyshire Borders MP

Mike Hart is the Transformation Director and Synod Treasurer

Claire MacInttyre is the Synod Office Manager/Mods PA

Kerry Later is the Commnication and Business Support for the Synod Office 

The FIVE R's of Sustainability


This is a straight forward option. Refuse things you don’t need. If you don’t have them in your life to start with, you’ll never have to worry about how to get rid of them, or what to do when they are no longer fit for purpose.


Consume less of everything. Avoid fast fashion and food waste, and make simple, multipurpose household cleaners, food staples and skincare products to avoid buying something for every little thing. Try to buy your food with no plastic packaging where possible (markets and buying in bulk are great for this). Use less.


Don’t use something just once and never again! Choose items that can be used over and over. Reusable water bottles and coffee cups, reusable cutlery and straws, and of course your own shopping bags.

Use your imagination before deciding a product is at the end of its life.  


We’ve all heard the phrase, If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Well if it is broke, then do, and don’t rush to replace it!


If you’ve done the other tips, you’ll be recycling less, not more. It’s easy to get stuck into a rut where you buy things and think “at least it’s recyclable” but the chance of whatever you’ve thrown in your recycling actually being turned into a new thing is lower than we think and some still ends in landfill.

Environmental Policy

of the United Reformed Church

Green Journey

The Green Energy Saving Scheme

Environmental Policy

of the North Western Synod

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