Eco Challenge for Lent 2020 at The Church at Carrs lane

Lent Eco Challenge

Eco-Challenge for LentEco Challenge for Lent 2020 at The Church at Carrs lane

Our Eco-Church Group has produced a Lent Eco-Challenge for anyone who would like to join in.

Download the flier

This Lent why not take our eco-challenge? Below are some ideas to help make your lifestyle greener and shrink your carbon footprint. Try one or more of the challenges during Lent and see how you get on.

  1. Go vegetarian or vegan.
  2. Reduce plastic waste. Avoid buying plastic wrapped food or food in plastic cartons. Reduce plastic use in the bathroom.
  3. Reduce food waste. Use all the food you buy before it turns bad. Cook through the food in your freezer and pantry. Cook from scratch.
  4. Reduce domestic power consumption by 10% or more. Consider only ironing items that are absolutely necessary, spend less time in the shower, turn your thermostat down a degree, turn the kettle off as soon as it boils. Take meter readings from today and compare average use before and during Lent.
  5. De-clutter your house. Fill at least one bag a week and take it to the charity shop or recycle in some way.
  6. Try the 100mile diet. For Lent, source only ingredients that come from within a 100mile radius of your home.
  7. Try a digital detox. Set strict limits for use of your mobile phone and other personal electronic devices, e.g. designate certain time slots for checking emails and social media.
At the end of Lent we would love your feedback.
  • What was easy?
  • What was challenging?
  • How did you achieve your goal(s)?
  • How can we use our experience to help others?
Hands in the air with word Volunteer

Volunteers needed!

Passionate about Fair Trade

The Carrs Lane Fair Trade Shop is looking for volunteers to assist in our retail setting. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wishes to help Traidcraft in their work fighting poverty through trade.

Opening times

The shop is open 10:30-14:30 (Wed-Sat). Our volunteers are passionate about fair trade and the positive difference that Traidcraft is making to the lives of people in developing countries.

On Sundays

We also need extra helpers on Sundays to join a rota. If you would like to know more please speak with Joan Davies on 0121 643 6151 or leave a message for her to call you back. Alternatively, email (and please copy your message – cc – to

If you enjoy admin, the shop is also looking for someone to help in the office at Carrs Lane for a few hours each week. Admin tasks help to support the retail volunteers and marketing.

The Church at Carrs Lane is a Fair Trade Church and an Eco Church.


The Church at Carrs Lane - Carrs Lane Players drama group

A Golden Evening with Carrs Lane Players

Carrs Lane Players performed a trio of comedies to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.The Church at Carrs Lane - Carrs Lane Players drama group

In February “Out of Sight – Out of Mind” was indeed a golden evening with the Carrs Lane Players…an evening of food and fun enjoyed by all!

The three comedies include:

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the CARRS LANE PLAYERS. We are an amateur drama group whose members are drawn from the Church congregation and the local community. The ‘Players‘ have performed plays ranging from ‘They Came to the City‘ to ‘The Ladykillers‘ and ‘39 Steps‘. They have staged pantomimes and have gone ‘on tour‘, taking variety shows and improvised sketches to hospitals and care homes.

We rehearse on Friday evenings throughout the year, except for a summer break. We welcome new actors and backstage support of any kind. If you would like to join us, please contact any member of the ‘Players’ or church centre staff on 0121 643 6151 or see




Lent worship

Positive Working Together

Due to Coronavirus Covid-19 we are following Government advice and are not holding gatherings for worship at this time. However, we are finding new ways of meeting together online.

Lent Groups: ‘Positive Working Together’ will now happen on Zoom, a Webinar platform. Please email Deacon Ruth Yorke on if you would like to take part.

We meet online on Tuesdays from 5.30pm-7pm

Exhibition for Lent – this has been postponed.
Date not yet fixed. Lent Mary Flitcroft ceramic exhibition

Carrs Lane will also be hosting an exhibition of Mary Flitcroft’s Stations of the Cross, a series of ceramic panels entitled ‘Stopping Places’, when circumstances allow.

Weekly News

Eco Church Bronze Award 2019 gained by The Church at Carrs Lane

Eco Church Status Achieved

Bronze Award Winner 2019

Becoming an Eco Church has been an aim of The Church at Carrs Lane for some time. We have worked hard over the past year to improve our performance with recycling activities and caring for God’s earth in different areas of our life and work.

The Eco Group responsible for helping us to improve submitted an OnA Rocha Eco Church Bronze Award 2019line Eco Survey recently. The survey took us through five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

… and the good news is that The Church at Carrs Lane has been awarded the Bronze Award. We are now entitled to display the bronze award on our publicity materials.

Visit the Eco Church website to discover more.

A Rocha UK “provide free, Eco Church resources to give lots of support and advice about how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church. There are three levels of Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (some churches do not have buildings or land). You can see when you have gained sufficient points in each Eco Survey category by looking at the points gauges that appear on screen with the Eco Survey questions. The gauges will change colour as your points accumulate to reflect the level of Award you have achieved.”

Coffee on Fridays!


Come and join us for coffee and a chat on Friday mornings between 10.30 am and 12 noon.

You will be very welcome!