Sunday Worship
Sanctuary 10:30am
15 S. Ft Thomas Ave
Ft Thomas, Kentucky 41075

Green Team

The Christ Church UCC Green Team was formed in March of 2022. The purpose was to work towards fulfilling God’s first job he gave humanity, caring for creation (Genesis 2:15). With a dedicated group of 12 people on the Green Team and incredible support from the congregation, many goals have been set and met.

Our immediate action was to buy all recycled paper products. Now, all new purchases of office paper and church supplies are made from recycled paper.

Our first project was to create a recycling station to be used by the church and community. While there are recycling resources through Rumpke and several stores that take other items, there is still a lot of waste that had no place to go but in a landfill. Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub is a non-profit that takes most of the items other places don’t. The Christ Church recycling station collects items they take, then members of the Green Team deliver the items on a bi-weekly basis to their facility. Thanks to a generous gift from Rumpke, we were able to purchase water-proof bins and a shelving unit that is kept outside on the Audubon side of the church yard.
Click here for a printable pdf that lists what we take.

The items that can currently be dropped off at Christ Church’s recycling station are:
• Footwear: Clean flip-flops, shoes, boots, sandals, etc. (Any condition accepted.)
• Empty Pill Bottles: (Please remove labels completely)
• Soft contact lenses and packaging
• Oral Care: Empty toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, plastic outer packaging, empty floss containers, mouthwash bottles and caps (NO Electric or battery toothbrushes, and/or their parts)
• Razors and Blades: Clean disposable razors, blades, and plastic packaging. (NO electric razors or parts please)
• Bread clips: Square clips used on baked goods
• Plastic Cards: Gift cards, expired credit cards (cut up please), membership cards
• Plastic cutlery: Clean disposable forks, knives, and spoons (NO napkins or plastic bags please) 
Christ Church UCC is located at 15 South Ft. Thomas, across from the post office.
Our outdoor recycling station is on the right side of the church on Audubon Place.
You are welcome to drop off any time!

What Other Places Take
Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub
Home Depot
Many others:
Retailers that Recycle

Our next task was to create a pollinator garden. A grant from the Campbell County Extension Service paid for the materials and we provided the labor and some small boulders. The bird bath was already available. Within a month, our new garden was completely filled in and covered with buzzing bees and butterflies. In July of 2023, the National Wildlife Federation recognized the garden and church grounds as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. During that same month, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden certified the garden as a Certified Pollinator Habitat.

Christ Church is blessed with many talented people and a member of the Green Team, Thierry Paillette, crafted a beautiful mug holder that now hangs on our parlor kitchen wall. This was made as part of the Green Team’s initiative to use less disposable dishes. 

We have installed a bulletin board outside the parlor which lists what the Green Team is doing and our projects.

We became a designated Creation Justice Church in July of 2023 by the national United Church of Christ and our garden was featured in their national newsletter. A Creation Justice Church is a church that strives to protect God’s planet and God’s people. It reflects our humble self-awareness that we are part of the order our Creator is working with to redeem and sustain. The word “justice” indicates our commitment to ensure the protection of God’s planet and God’s people from exploitation. Here are the five big reasons to be a Creation Justice Church:
1) It’s our calling! The first job God gave to his people is to care for his creation. (Genesis 2:15)
2) It’s what Jesus would do! Paul explains how Jesus sought to right the covenant between God and creation. (Romans 8:20-24)
3) Who doesn’t want clean air and water? Every Christian can come together by protecting the gifts of creation.
4) It’s about justice! As Christians, we seek justice—to be in the right relationship with God, our neighbors, and all of creation.
5) It’s in our DNA! It is one of the most significant parts of the UCC denominational heritage.
The steps needed to become a designated Creation Justice Church are at this link.

The Christ Church Green Team has participated in the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy’s Earth Day Festival every year since our inception. We pass out information about our recycling station to encourage the community to use it and information about starting a pollinator garden.

If you have any questions or would like to be part of the Green Team,
please call the church office at (859) 441-2565