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PAST EVENTS:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ST ANDREW'S EASTERN GREEN AND ST ANDREW'S RUGBY: both achieved Eco Church Silver Award status in 2018. Well done everyone! (14 February 2019)!

New Bronze Awards! Spring 2019: congratulations to St James' Snitterfield, Holy Trinity Norton Lindsey and All Saints, Harbury on their recent awards! 

CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS EVENTS, June 2018:

St Edmund's, Shipston on Stour: a great occasion, with a BBQ in the Churchyard; looking good in the fine weather. St Edmund's has registered for Eco Church.

St Mary's, Oldberrow: tea and cakes were enjoyed in the most biodiverse churchyard in Warwickshire (Steven Falk (2009): Warwickshire's Wildflowers Brewin Books). Hoary Plantain, Common Spotted Orchid and increasing numbers of Yellow Rattle. Also great creation care service.

St Andrew's, Eastern Green: Another great effort by the home team, but we hope to get more visitors next year!

St James', Alveston: this was another great occasion to see this example of excellent practice in churchyard management for biodiversity.

St Peter's, Butler's Marston: a great service celebrating their beautiful churchyard on Sunday 24th June.

All Saint's, Leek Wootton: We had guided tours around the churchyard to identify trees and then flowering plants and excellent refreshments provided by the local Scouts. 

St Peter's, Dunchurch: some very imaginative ideas to make the most of this amazing large churchyard. See the poem (Right hand panel) written by children to describe their sensory experiences in the churchyard.

ECO CHURCH and CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS MEETINGS, 2018

Report: Wednesday 18th April 2018 evening meeting, 7.30-9.00pm, at Holy Trinity, Hartshill with Vicky Gilbert of Eco Church Gold Award winning St Catherine's Burbage

See the Flyer for this April meeting. Following an introduction to Eco Church by DEO Godfrey Armitage, we heard from Vicky Gilbert how St Catherine's Burbage (Leicester Diocese) achieved Gold. Vicky described the journey which started years before Eco Church was founded (2016) with a group in the parish who were passionate about caring for God's creation. Working through the Eco Congregation scheme, like our own St Andrew's Eastern Green, a very supportive vicar, a team of enthusiastic and imaginative parishioners, regular Fairtrade involvement, active gardening and ground source heating were some of the things that helped. In addition, more than just ticking the boxes on the survey, they described the various things they had done in the extra boxes provided. They also looked at everything that they could do, rather than being discouraged by things that were not feasible. Other talks were given by Revd Sheila Bridge (PJ's Veg Beds in Rugby), Nicola Perryman (Worship Outdoors and Cherishing Churchyards 2018) and Amanda Ross (Global Engagement with Practical Action). Over 50 people attended from 21 Diocese of Coventry churches as far away as Shipston and Grandborough and three other churches. Thanks to Revd Heather Barnes and her team for their great hospitality.

Report on Tuesday 13th March 2018 evening meeting, 7.30 - 9.00pm,  at St Michael's Budbrooke

36 people came from 19 parishes to this excellent evening event to hear about Eco Church and the progress that various churches have been making with this scheme; see the flyer for the Budbrooke meeting. This was followed by a report on last year's Cherishing Churchyards events, discussion groups and a plenary session. If you would like access to the Powerpoint presentations please email Godfrey.Armitage@CovCofe.org. 

Working towards a net Zero Carbon Economy: this was a Day conference at St Michael's House, Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 8th July hosted by Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry and the Coventry Diocesan Environment Group.

The keynote speaker was Revd Dr Darrell Hannah, Rector of All Saints, Ascot and a Trustee of Operation Noah (http://operationnoah.org/), who spoke on ON's Bright Now programme of Divestment from fossil fuels and reinvestment in renewables (https://youtu.be/aU1S9NHVojo). Our other speakers were local: Bob Sherman of Harbury e-Wheels; George Browning, organic farmer, generator of solar pv and electric car driver; Tony McNally of Climate Change Solutions Ltd, Ryton; Dr Lim Ho from Stratford Methodist Church, which generates energy from Solar pv and a Ground source heat pump; John Cooper, West Midlands Regional Coordinator of Christian Aid (https://youtu.be/qTC87c0Vlyw). Thirty six people took part in the day, which was instructive and encouraging.

Many thanks to Rev Haley Jones, who hosted the conference and who returned shortly after to the USA after two years working as an intern for the Coventry Cathedral Reconciliation Ministry.

Cherishing Churchyards Month, June 2017: a number of events took place:

St Andrew's Cherishing Churchyards Day (Sunday 4th June) included a treasure hunt in the churchyard and crafts, such as bird box building, followed by a picnic in the park. This was a great day!

St James' Church, Alveston, Churchyard Day (Saturday 10th June) included looking at results of moth trapping and small mammal trapping, a wildflower survey, minibeast hunt, children's crafts and Teddy Bears' Picnic. The cakes were brilliant!

St Leonard's Church, Birdingbury held a Care of Creation Service, Debbie Wright, the WWT Hedgehog Officer for Rugby spoke and demonstrated hedgehog footprint tunnels.

St Edmund's Church, Shipston on Stour (Saturday 17th June) BBQ/picnic with bring and share tea in newly re-opened churchyard.

All Saints Church Leek Wootton (Sunday 18th June) Activities included churchyard trail, minibeast hunting, hedgehog home building and Teddy Bears' Picnic.

St Martin in the Fields Finham, Coventry (Saturday 24th June) Community Environment Day which included children's activities, reducing one's ecological footprint activities, stalls and food.

St Mary's Church, Oldberrow (Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June) A number of visitors from near and further afield explored the biodiversity in this amazing species rich churchyard;  tea and cake was greatly enjoyed!

St Paul's Church, Warwick (Sunday 2nd July) A Community Fun Day including treasure hunt, mini beast safari and fancy dress competition in the beautiful churchyard. Free ice cream was an added bonus!

We hope that more churches will get involved in 2018. Find out more at our meetings at Budbrooke and Hartshill in March and April respectively (see Dates for your Diary above)

Green Church Awards 2017: See https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/green-church 

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Care of Creation Champions: Following loss of the data from the original Care of Creation Champions scheme, we have restarted this initiative to help develop and assist our churches to inspire and encourage God’s people to engage in caring for creation, particularly through the Eco Church scheme. We hope that Care of Creation Champions will create networks of people in deaneries and parishes who will encourage their congregations and who will also act as links with the Diocesan Environment Group.

Care of Creation Champions should be appointed by the local PCC to promote care of creation within the parish

  • To act as a link between the parish and the Diocesan Environment Group
  • To pass on links to relevant resources and events to the parish
  • To encourage the parish to join up to Eco Church in order to promote caring for God’s earth in
    • Worship and teaching
    • Environmentally responsible use of church buildings
    • Environmentally responsible use of church land
    • Community engagement in environmental issues
    • More environmentally friendly lifestyles of individuals

If you have previously signed up to be a Care of Creation Champion or would like to sign up to become one, please contact the Chairman of the DEG, Godfrey Armitage on godfrey.armitage@covcofe.org.

Church of England Environment Programme 2018 E-news

Find out the latest news, resources and events in the spring E-news and summer E-news
including........

Managing churchyard grassland

How to reduce your church's environmental impact & cut costs

Plastic-less living

Green Health Awards

Free Grow Wild seed kits

How to switch to green energy

Speak Up Week

Eco Church