Your Church

Please tell us about the people who use your church. This information will help us show you how your carbon footprint relates to the activity in your church.

A church that is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint may use more energy as it grows... but still have a smaller footprint per person or per activity.

You will need to decide who you are going to count, particularly for weekday usage – which users and organisations you include and exclude as using your buildings. For example, organisations renting the church hall, occasional events such as weddings, funerals, school visits, concerts etc. Once you have decided what to include and exclude, the important thing is to measure the same things each year to ensure consistency.

Sundays and Special Services

In total, how many people attend all services on an average Sunday (including staff)? This is best measured over a period of at least five weeks, and averaged.
For how many hours is the building occupied, on average, on a Sunday? This is from when the first person arrives to when the last person leaves for each service. If you have multiple services, add up the total time that people are in the building.
The number of Sunday services in a typical year.
If left blank we'll assume 52, though you can enter more than 52 if you have multiple services on a Sunday!
How many people, on average, attend services such as Christmas, weddings, funerals and other non-Sunday special occasions? This should be the average number of people (including staff) in attendance.
How long is the building occupied, on average, per special service? This is from when the first person arrives to when the last person leaves.
The number of special services in a typical year.

Weekdays

If your church building is used at all during the week:

This includes the main church building as well as church halls and houses on separate meters for electricity/gas.

The total number of people (including group leaders/workers) who use the building in a typical week.
An activity is any meeting of a group of people including church related meetings, and outside groups such as Girl Guides, Mother & Toddler Groups, AA meetings, etc.
Count up the number of hours (the time people are in the building using energy (electricity, gas, etc.)) for all weekday groups and divide by the number of groups.
The number of weeks activities run in a typical year.
If left blank we'll assume 52.

Staff

If there are any staff (including clergy) who work in the church building during the week:
The number of people (paid and volunteers) who work in the church. This does not include leaders/workers in the groups under "Weekdays", those should be included above.
The total number of hours worked by all stuff combined - e.g. For three staff members each working 20 hours a week, enter 60.
The number of weeks per year that staff are working in the building (so, excluding holiday shutdowns, etc.
If left blank we'll assume 52.

Notes

Who are you including in your footprint?

However you choose to answer the questions in this section, try to use the same basis year on year. For example, if you decide that you will count usage of a church hall for a mothers and toddlers group in 2018, if that same group is using the building in 2019, you should count them in 2019 too. If you decide, at a later date, that you didn't want to include a certain group you can edit the “Your Organisation” section, change the numbers and save them – the two figures mentioned above will then be re-calculated.

Use this field to keep a record of who you have chosen to include in your carbon footprint, you can then refer to this in subsequent years.

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