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10 Steps to Less Waste in 10 Months

Silvia Purdie —

One of our Five Marks of Mission is to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and re-new the life of the earth. Here is Step 10 of the challenge for the month of November

Welcome to the last in our Rubbish Challenge series!

Many thanks for your support with this project.  The full set of resources are available on my website:


and there are HEAPS more resources on the Eco Church ‘waste’ page:



The following is a resource for churches and whanau. Please copy and share (free copyright). More material and videos at: www.conversations.net.nz/rubbish-challenge.html

Step 10  Rubbish Challenge for November: Celebrate!

Bible verse: Luke 15:8-10 “And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

‘Big Idea’
The angels of God celebrate over each person who turns their life away from sin and towards God. Salvation includes right relationships with God, others and the world. Tackling the challenge of the waste we produce makes us part of the solution instead of part of the problem. So celebrate what you have achieved and give glory to God.

Questions - for reflection & discussion

What place does sustainable living have in God’s salvation and Christian discipleship?

As you have explored the problem of landfill waste and worked towards solutions, what have you learned?

How has this informed your faith?

Watch video at www.conversations.net.nz/rubbish-challenge.html

Action Steps for November

Measure your total waste again. Look back to what you did in Step 2 (March). Use the same time frame and system again to measure the rubbish across all bins. Report to your family or church. What have you achieved?

Celebrate any reduction in landfill (red bin) waste. Did your recycling and organic waste increase?

Find fun ways to share with your church and friends.


Rejoice with us, O God
as we turn from our sin and turn toward you
in every way, every day
in little things and in big things
that our living may resound with your praise!

To receive the resource (free!) each month (Feb-Nov this year only)  or to share stories and feedback, please email: silvia.purdie@gmail.com