Eco Church

Above: Solar panels installed on one of our Diocesan vicarages

The Diocese of Coventry has now registered as an Eco Diocese. To read more about this, see our news page.

The Eco Church vision is for all churches to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully. Visit #Ecochurch for current news, including our latest meeting in Hartshill.

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, which you can do through Parish Buying, 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.

The first thing to do, if you are interested, is to try the sample survey at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-survey-non-saving-example/ to see how well your church is already doing? Then urge your PCC to join in!

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. To date (28 September 2018) five churches, St Oswald’s in Tile Hill, St Martin's, Finham, St Mary's, Cubbington, St James', Alveston and St John's, Kenilworth have won Bronze Awards and St Andrew's Eastern Green and St Andrew's, Rugby have won Silver. 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.

Churches which had registered by 28 September 2018: St Martin's, Finham; St Mary Magdalen, Chapelfield; St Oswald's, Tile Hill; Coventry Cathedral; St Andrew's, Eastern Green; St John the Evangelist, Kenilworth; All Saints, Leek Wootton; St Mary's, Cubbington; All Saints, Stretton on Dunsmore; St Paul's, Leamington Priors; St Gregory's, Offchurch; St Michael's, Budbrooke; Warwick Gates Community Church; St Leonard's, Birdingbury; St Peter's, Galley Common; Lawford Lighthouse; Holy Trinity, Hartshill; All Saint's, Harbury; St Peter's, Dunchurch; St Matthew and St Oswald's (M2O), Rugby; St Peter and St John, Rugby; St Andrew's, Rugby; St Peter's, Grandborough; St George the Martyr, Newbold Pacey; St Mary's, Oldberrow; St James', Alveston; St Mary and St Margaret, Combroke; St Peter's, Kineton; St Mary's Ilmington; St Edmund's, Shipston.

Please email Godfrey.Armitage@covcofe.org if you register your church or achieve an award, so that this list can be updated.

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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If your church is working towards an Eco Church Award, how about inviting people to watch Katharine Hayhoe's brilliant talk on Climate Change given last November at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_vRQvGkulc? It's 70 minutes long and could be followed by discussion over tea and coffee. Also, for a great theological reflection, The Revd Dr Rachel Mash spoke to 320+ clergy in Oxford Diocese recently about hearing the voice of God in creation. Listen to her talk here: https://soundcloud.com/user-487535189/hearing-the-voice-of-god-in … #environment #livingwaters #clergyconference

The Big Church Switch: The Big Church Switch calls on churches of all denominations to switch to using energy suppliers that only put electricity into the national grid from 100% renewable sources such as solar, wind or waterflow; instead of supplying power generated from fossil fuels. This will save your church money! It will also help reduce carbon emissions, vital as we are still on course to exceed the global emissions target temperature of a 2 degrees C increase with all the increased climate instability associated with that.

Could your church divest this Season of Creation? Following the Church of England’s fossil fuel divestment vote in July, Operation Noah is inviting local churches of all denominations which have investments in fossil fuels to make divestment commitments during the Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October). For churches without existing investments in fossil fuels, this would simply involve a pledge not to make such investments in the future. By making a divestment commitment, your local church can send a powerful message about the need for urgent action on climate change as well as keeping up the pressure for national Churches to divest.

For more information, please contact Operation Noah or visit the Bright Now website: http://brightnow.org.uk/action/divest-your-church-season-of-creation/