Synod sings 'halle-loo-jah'
Members of the Church of England will be singing halle-loo-jah today after a Bishop ordered hundreds of environmentally friendly toilet devices to hand out to the General Synod.
Church-goers could soon be flushing away fears of wasting precious water after the modified bags are given out by the Bishop of London today, to be used up and down the country.
Thames Water agreed to send the Right Rev Richard Chartres 900 of its ìSave a Flushî devices to distribute to Synod members as he addresses a discussion on an environmental report entitled 'Sharing Godís Planet'.
In the forward to the report the Archbishop of Canterbury calls upon the Church of England to undertake an ecological audit saying that good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice.
The report recommends that the church adopt 'creation care prayers', organic bread and other natural materials in worship as well as an education programme, car pooling and recycling.
Thams Water is hoping that members of the Synod will have the toilet devices installed in churches and church halls up and down the country.
The company said that the bishop had asked for enough to give one to each of the Synodís 579 members, at its meeting in London this week, with plenty to spare for distribution in his diocese.
The device is a plastic bag with dozens of tiny holes in its sides with harmless crystals which expand when submerged inside.
Dr David Cook, Thames Waterís water resources manager, said: ìThe Bishopís request was an unusual one, but we were delighted to oblige.
ìWater is becoming an increasingly precious resource, especially as we are experiencing one of the driest winters on record in London and the Thames Valley.
ìInstalling these devices at local churches and church halls could help make a significant difference, particularly in the summer, when demand for water is at its highest.î