Eco Church

Above: Solar panels installed on one of our Diocesan vicarages

Twenty one churches in the Diocese of Coventry have registered for Eco Church so far (15 November 2017) and more are discussing it with their PCCs; if you are interested, why not try the sample survey at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-survey-non-saving-example/ to see how well your church is already doing?

The Eco Church vision is for all churches to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. In order to win a Bronze, Silver or Gold Eco Church Award, churches must complete their own online Eco Church Survey about how they are caring for God’s Earth in different areas of their life and work. The survey focuses on worship and teaching; management of church buildings; management of church land; community and global engagement and lifestyle. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an award - the more the church does, the more points it gets. Churches can indicate what they have done already, such as switching to a green energy company or using Fairtrade products, to gain points and build on these by responding to the many other suggestions for further progress towards an award. Eco Church resources are available to give support and advice about how to make the changes needed to achieve an Eco Church Award.

Above: congregation and community managing their churchyard at St James, Alveston

Eco Church was launched in the Coventry Diocese on the 23rd February 2016 at St Peter’s Church in Wellesbourne. Since then a number of churches in the diocese have signed up to the scheme and two churches, St Andrew’s in Eastern Green and St Martin's, Finham, have won Bronze Awards. As more churches draw closer to winning awards, the DEG hopes to form a mentoring scheme where churches with Eco Church awards help those who are working towards meeting the requirements for awards.

Bishop Christopher planting a Yew Tree sapling to celebrate St Andrew Eastern Green's Bronze Award, 19 March 2017

To find out more about the Eco-Church project and to sign your church up, visit their website - http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

To find out more about how to be involved in creation care, go to our webpage Get some Resources.

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