Church honour life of worshipper with Green Weekend

A Halifax church has celebrated the life of one of their congregation with an environmental weekend in her honour.   
Kath Duree was a mainstay of St John the Baptist Church at Coley, and when she suddenly died in the summer, it was a great loss and a shock to fellow worshippers.
Known for her love of the environment, the church decided to host an event called Kath’s Green Weekend in her memory, which would intertwine with its harvest service.
Marianne Clough, one of the organisers, said: "Kath spent decades providing an amazing Christian witness among her family and friends as well as many of the organisations where she volunteered. 
“We wanted to put on a community event to celebrate that and invite local people to engage on this important issue. 
“So, we worked carefully with her family to put something together that Kath would have really loved. 
“There was a busy crowd on the day and it was especially good to see lots of connections being made."
Saturday October 5 saw local businesses and church people come together to offer a host of activities for the whole family, all aimed at helping them live more ecologically sustainable lives.
VW brought along their e-Golf so people could experience an electric car up-close; a mending team of sewers from the church offered repairs to clothes; children planted bulbs and made bug hotels; and we all learned a lot about hedgehogs.
Sausages for sandwiches were provided at half price by the local farm shop (with an eye on food miles) and, in line with Kath's vegetarian diet, Quorn options were made available too. 
By the Gram, in Brighouse, had a stall selling everything from metal drinking straws to shampoo and conditioners in soap form.
The weekend also saw the launch of the outside tap at the church, putting it on the Refill Yorkshire map, a campaign to help people find somewhere to top up their water bottle.
Marianne said: "We hope this will be used by dog walkers, cyclists and passers-by and give them another reason to connect with our building and know that we're here for them."
During the evening Chris Sutcliffe, from Calderdale Countryside Service, gave a talk about bats at the church and then, armed with torches, a crowd gathered outside to see and detect pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle bats as they caught moths and bugs on the wing. 
Sunday's harvest service continued the theme with a show-and-tell of home produce and a collection of tinned goods for distribution to people in need in the local area. 

Scroll to Top