Friday, October 12, 2012

Get to Worship Without Your Car Results

New Hope CRC. A jumble of bikes!

Thank you for participating in this years 'Get to Worship without your vehicle Challenge.' 
Below are the winners of the competition.Congratulations and please be in touch to arrange pick up of your prizes!

New Hope Church- FULL participation are the winners of the "Get to Worship without your vehicle challenge.' They will receive 2  return VIA rail tickets from Aldershot to Montreal to put in a draw. They will also receive a certificate for CarShare valued at $50 each courtesy of Hamilton CarShare
Their youth Emily Sinclair will receive a bike helmet for her efforts in organizing her faith group to do the challenge. Thanks to Zsuzsi Trim at Healthy Living Division, City of Hamilton for donating the helmet.

Westdale United Church.

Westdale United comes in a close second. They will receive two certificates for the CarShare program courtesy of  HamiltonCarShare, worth $50 each. They will receive a free meditation workshop valued at $150, cortesy of Kelly Hilton Meditation.

Regina Mundi R.C. Church.
Regina Mundi comes close with 103 people walking to worship that weekend. They will receive rainbarrel courtesy of They will also receive a GO Transit customer coupon valued at $50.00 and redeemable when used towards the purchase of GO Transit fare media- courtesy of GO Transit.

Here's a note from Emily Sinclair who organized the challenge at her church:

My church is New Hope CRC. We are a small group of people who are focused on meeting the needs of our community in East Hamilton. For the most part the members of New Hope live in the same vicinity as our church. One of our ministries is a Bike Co-op, the purpose of which is to provide our community with affordable environmentally friendly transportation. I heard about the Greening Sacred Spaces contest through Jeff Neven, a member of New Hope, and we decided that our church was particularly well-suited to this competition. After several weeks of announcements and reminders the day of the contest arrived. I biked to church early in order to interview people about their mode of transportation as they arrived. Excitement grew as the jumble of bikes grew larger and the parking lot remained empty. There were several guests that Sunday and I was nervous because I knew they wouldn't know about the contest. But when I asked them about their mode of transportation, they carpooled! In the end, every single member, and guest, at our church that Sunday walked, biked, took the bus, or carpooled to church. Consistent to a church that is affiliated with a Bike Co-op, almost 50% of our turnout that Sunday biked to church. 
And the winners are....
Tim and Jessica Brand!


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