We Care about the Environment
We Care about the environment – Permeable Pavers
In cooperation with the partners below, CTS has installed permeable pavers to protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by reducing runoff from our church grounds.
- They are healthier and stronger because they have a better resistance to local weather
- They create wildlife habitat in your back yard providing food & shelter
- They help the environment:
- They use less water, fertilization, and pesticides
- They can prevent water runoff and improve air quality by reducing air pollution
- Decrease pollution and eliminate the need for mowers
- They have the ability to pull and store excess carbon
- They are low maintenance
- They add splendor to your landscape (variety of colors and textures, varying in height and bloom times.
In 2017, the youth created a vegetable garden, a 6′ x 25′ raised garden surrounded by concrete blocks, by the labyrinth and parking lot. Currently there are honeydew melons and pumpkins growing there.
In September 2013, a labyrinth garden was installed as an Eagle Project by Paul Mayer.
A labyrinth garden is an ancient spiritual tool designed to foster contemplation and spiritual transformation. Walked by contemplatives and lay people alike for centuries, labyrinths are typically formed as a circle with a singular path leading to a center and constructed out of a wide range of materials.
The labyrinth garden is used during some of our Holy Week services. It is also used for “Blessing of the Animals” services.
In March, 1999 a memorial garden was created next to the Sunday School rooms with the following criteria:
- As many evergreen plants as possible so there would be color all year (evergreens come in a variety of greens, blues and reds) The plants would also have flowers and or berries.
- A sacred place for ashes
- Some type of rock formation
- A path way
- An area for benches
- Every thing selected would be low maintenance
- Area is handicapped accessible
- A quiet place for mediation and safe location for individuals
Worship services for Palm Sunday and All Saint’s Day begin in the Memorial Garden.
Our facility is environmentally conscious
- We use LED lighting.
- We use reusable cups, dishes, coffee mugs, and silverware for our dinners.
- We recycle paper and plastic.
- We host a yearly yard sale for the reuse of items.
- We encourage the use of only one paper towel in our bathrooms.
- We also host a mating pair of vultures who have taken summer residence on the roof of our church and enjoy the music by occasionally dancing along to it.