Making an Environmental Splash in South Jersey

June 10, 2021 | | GNJ News

Seaville UMC has a vision of making a splash in the community through their environmental ministries. They have taken some bold steps to “go green,” to ensure that they are able to leave the planet a better place for those that will come after them.

Creation care has been the center of their mission, and they have weaved it into every aspect of their ministries. The phrase, “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” serves as a reminder to be more environmentally sustainable.

The church’s Lenten project last year challenged members to reduce their use of disposable plastic and the church has made a covenant to only allow reusable water bottles on the property.

They encourage the reuse of clothes by providing an entirely free “Kids’ Kloset,” which is open to the public and is filled with gently used children’s clothes.

The church promotes recycling by modeling proper recycling practices. Members also by lead recycle walks where they educate beachgoers about appropriate recycling rules.

This year the church has taken their vision one step further by hosting one-day Eco Retreats. Church and community groups are encouraged to book a Saturday retreat at “The Splash Pad,” the church’s eco center. Because of the pandemic, all retreat activities will be held outside and include both a mission-centered, spiritual formation component and a fun fellowship activity.

Over 90% of plastic that has ever been made on earth has not been recycled, and a majority of that finds its way to our water systems.

Groups are invited for a morning hike into the bay where the significance of plastic reduction is brought to life. Each group will be guided through the importance of connecting creation care with their faith, before taking a break for lunch. The afternoon is filled with a fun activity, surrounded by nature – groups will choose either kayaking in the bay or a zip line and aerial obstacle course. A beach option is also available for groups that are looking for something with a little slower pace.

Seaville UMC has envisioned a future where creation care isn’t a choice; it’s a way of life. God commanded us to be stewards of the earth; there is no Plan B, and there is no Planet B.  All are welcome to #BeTheSplash and start learning what you can do to ensure a better world for tomorrow, and generations to come. The Splash Pad is now taking reservations for this summer. If you book a group of 10 people or more by July 4, you will automatically receive $500 off the cost of your retreat.

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