Peter Tanyanyiwa Suburban Reporter
In a bid to become a more community-oriented institution, Northside Community Church has taken a proactive step towards promoting environmental sustainability through recycling.
The church, located in the heart of Borrowdale, aims to make a significant difference by encouraging the responsible disposal of waste and training the younger generation on the importance of preserving the God-given environment.
The idea was initially brought forth by a concerned church member who recognised the urgent need for recycling practices within the community. Believing that the church’s central location and its proximity to a school would provide a convenient platform for promoting recycling as a sustainable waste management strategy, the member proposed the establishment of a recycling centre.
Northside Community Church parishioners wasted no time in embracing the idea and swiftly identified a suitable site within its premises to establish the recycling centre.
A structure was promptly built and the church began collecting recyclable materials from its members and the wider Borrowdale community.
With a focus on sustainability, the church has taken the necessary steps to ensure the efficient management of the recycling initiative.
A team of dedicated individuals has been assigned the responsibility of coordinating the collection and sorting of recyclable items on a weekly basis. The recyclables are then handed over to designated recycling partners who ensure the proper processing and disposal of the waste.
The impact of the recycling initiative extends beyond the church’s walls, as it actively seeks to engage the local school community, including both parents and pupils. By involving the younger generation, Northside Community Church hopes to instill a sense of environmental responsibility and create a lasting legacy of sustainable waste management.
Senior Pastor Gary Cross emphasised the church’s commitment to being more than just a place of worship saying it strives to be an integral part of the community it serves.
“One of the questions we ask ourselves is, if we ceased to exist, would the community notice? Through this recycling ministry, we are actively making a difference in our community and caring for the environment that has been entrusted to us,” said Pastor Cross.
The efforts of Northside Community Church have not gone unnoticed, with community members praising the initiative for its positive impact.
The recycling initiative serves as a shining example of how a church can extend its influence beyond spiritual matters and contribute meaningfully to the well-being of a community.
As the church continues to collect and recycle waste materials, it remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting environmental stewardship.
Northside Community Church serves as an inspiration to other institutions, encouraging them to follow suit and take an active role in preserving the environment for future generations.