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A unique way to donate money to your church or school – that could also save you money!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

If you are a Church Telecom residential customer Church Telecom will donate the cash equivalent of 10% of your eligible landline call charges each quarter to any parish or school you nominate. Residential Customers can also save themselves money through a very competitive home landline and broadband package.

Church Telecom is a working partnership between Church Resources (a not for profit), and UTV New Media.
When a resident signs up with Church Telecom, they are asked to nominate either a Parish or a School. Church Telecom will then donate the cash equivalent of 10% of their eligible landline call charges each quarter to this nominated beneficiary (Premium rate calls and directory enquiries are not included).

The Parish of the Holy Redeemer received their first donation last November – see the picture above.

Church Resources operates for the benefit of the Christian Churches and, through the buying power of this wide group, we can offer substantial savings to our institutional partners like Dioceses, Parishes, Schools, Care Facilities and associate businesses.

UTV Internet is a licensed Telecoms provider in NI/UK and ROI. They supply the connectivity to landline and broadband, technical support and billing operations.

So why not organize a group of parishioners or parents of school-going students to sign up. It could help your parish and save you money.

For further information and a free telephone bill analysis (to determine whether Church Telecom can save you money) please contact rebates@churchtelecom.com for further details.

Churches asked to go Green this lent

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Eco-Congregation Ireland calls on churches to Care for Creation this Lent

Eco-Congregation Ireland (ECI) is urging churches to celebrate the beauty of Creation this Lent and to take practical steps to care for the environment.

The interdenominational environmental group, which is a project of the Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter-Church Meeting, suggests that parishes, communities and individuals might like to plant fruit and nut trees in their localities.

“Planting edible landscapes is one of many practical ways we can prepare for a low-carbon future by increasing local resilience,” says ECI Communications Officer, Fiona Murdoch. “It is an especially appropriate action to take this year, given that 2011 is the UN International Year of Forests.”

All good garden centres stock a range of fruit trees, although Irish Seed Savers, Scariff, Co Clare is recommended for helping preserve native Irish species. Saplings can be ordered over the internet from anywhere in the country – www.irishseedsavers.ie.

Churches are also asked to consider hosting Just Forests’ Wood of Life exhibition – a colourful, interactive display about the social, economic and environmental importance of the world’s forests through development education and education for sustainable development. Just Forests will erect the display boards and staff the event and can provide worksheets for children. See www.justforests.org.

ECI is also encouraging churches and their members to choose Lenten resources with an environmental theme. There are plenty to choose from!

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ pastoral reflection, Cry of the Earth, provides an excellent starting point for a series of discussions. It invites individuals and parish communities to reflect on the challenge of climate change and the actions we can take to help construct a more sustainable environment. Also, to reflect on the covenant between human beings and the environment “which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying”. See www.catholicbishops.ie/features.

The newly-formed Biblical Association of the Church of Ireland has prepared a Biblical reflective programme for Lent on the theme of Creation, which can be downloaded for free from www.bibliahibernica.wordpress.com.

ECI supports churches and Christians as they take steps to care for the environment. Its website – www.ecocongregationireland.org – is packed full of ideas and resources and anyone interested is invited to sign up to receive ECI’s monthly e-letter by emailing info@ecocongregationireland.org.

As the cold weather continues…..

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

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