News from the DEG

Happy New Year! Diocese of Coventry 1918 - 2018

Our 2018 centenary celebration includes registering as an Eco Diocese!

One of the Five Marks of Mission is 'To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth'.

Many dioceses have identified Eco Church as a key tool to encourage churches to engage in creation care; this led A Rocha UK to introduce the idea of Eco Diocese. Amongst other things, Dioceses need an agreed Environmental Policy and, for Bronze Award, to have at least 10% of its churches registered for Eco Church with 5% having achieved Bronze. The Diocese of Coventry has registered as an Eco Diocese as part of our centenary celebration. Could your church consider signing up to Eco Church in 2018?

Save money! Is your church paying VAT at 20% for electricity and gas? You should be paying VAT at 5%; for details see https://fiec.org.uk/what-we-do/strand-blog/vat-on-gas-and-electricity

Dates for your Diary:

Churchyard Events in 2018:  Tuesday 13th March evening meeting at St Michael's Budbrooke and Wednesday 18th April evening meeting at Holy Trinity, Hartshill on caring for your churchyard and ideas for Cherishing Churchyards in June 2018. We will also discuss Eco Church and ways to progress to Bronze or Silver.

A Rocha Conference: God's Church - Our Mission at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester on Saturday 24 February http://arocha.org.uk/first-eco-church-conference-2018-announced/

John Ray Initiative Conference:  Transport Now and in the Future - What are the Issues? Saturday 17th March 9.30am - 4.30pm Details at https://www.jri.org.uk/events/transport-now-and-in-the-future/

Via Beata: a pilgrimage route from Lowestoft to St David's. To mark the mid-point of the route, a large carved cross has been put up at Redhill Christian Centre (http://www.viabeata.co.uk/2017/07/10/giant-cross-at-mid-point-of-via-beata/) and another way station will appear shortly at one of our parish churches (watch this space!)

Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES): Congratulations to Revd Chris Goble on being awarded his CRES Certificate on 2 September! Visit our Resources page for more information about this excellent programme.

Season of Creation: From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. It’s the “Season of Creation” celebrated by Christian churches around the globe. Visit http://seasonofcreation.org/ for ideas and resources.

Season of Creation Resources:

During the Season of Creation Anglican Communion Environmental Network will be having two online prayer services with our partner organization: Global Catholic Climate Movement, WCC and  Christian Aid

September 1st at 1600 (London time) With Bill McKibben (350.org), Yeb Sano (Philippines) Bishop Mark Macdonald National Indigenous Bishop of Canada,  a Brazilian Sister, Rev Sunil Raj Philips of the Church of South India and Ava Andrews . To register go to  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1528a1503371931a8c34be5db4a05ad8

September 19th at 1600 London Time with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Register at :  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/45d8378ffbf5229a7c24e00bf0acd2b8

For resources for Season of Creation go to http://acen.anglicancommunion.org/resources/season-of-creation.aspx

Mob Grazing: For an excellent summary of the benefits of Mob Grazing, see Christine Page's page at https://smilingtreefarm.com/blog/mob-grazing.

Recent Events:

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 returns shortly 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!

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

Eco Church:  visit our Eco Church webpage to find out more about Eco Church; twenty churches within the Diocese have registered to date (31st August 2017).

What is Eco Diocese? For information, see https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-diocese/

Below: putting up a newly made bird box at St Andrew's Eastern Green