News from the DEG

STOP PRESS!

Book now for Rewilding - A Christian Perspective. A day conference at Ripon College, Cuddesdon on Saturday 27th April 2019. A excellent opportunity for learning about Christian attitudes to conservation, for CMD and for meeting others involved in care for creation.

New Bronze Awards! 15th January 2019: congratulations to St James', Snitterfield and to All Saints, Harbury! 

The Centenary Tree Project: 31st December 2018. Every parish which ordered a tree should have their tree by now and those who have completed their List B Applications should have their plaques celebrating the planting as a Centenary project. Please complete and send in your List B application if you have not already done so, and I (GA) will then deliver a plaque as soon as possible. 

Three trees were distributed to nearly every Diocesan church school at the service in Coventry Cathedral that ended the year long Cross of Nails Pilgrimage. Several schools failed to pick theirs up and these are still available (contact Godfrey.Armitage@Covcofe.org).

Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards 2019: Dates for your Diary. Tuesday 5th March at St Andrew's Rugby and Monday 1st April at St Peter's Wellesbourne. 7.15 - 9.15pm in both cases. Watch this space for more details!

Our DEG Resources page: do look at this as there is much useful information there for clergy, readers and laity alike. Perhaps even some ideas for Christmas presents!

DIOCESE OF COVENTRY CENTENARY 1918 - 2018

Our 2018 centenary celebration included 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, this Diocese has 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 registered as an Eco Diocese as part of our centenary celebration. Could your church consider signing up to Eco Church in 2018? If you have signed up, do try to attain award status so that we can gain Bronze Award Eco Diocese status.

As part of the Diocesan Centenary, the DEG organised The Centenary Tree Project; we hoped that a tree will be planted to commemmorate the Centenary in every churchyard and in the grounds of each Church of England School. In the end, 70 of our 240 churches applied for a tree.

Thirty two Churches in the Diocese of Coventry have now signed up for Eco Church! There are over a thousand churches nationally signed up, of which three hundred are parishes in the 42 Dioceses of the Church of England, so Coventry Diocese makes up 10% of the CofE number. Let's do even more to bless God's amazing creation! Go to our Eco Church page.

NEW CREATIONTIDE RESOURCES: visit https://creationtide.com/  Also visit our Resources page.

GREEN ENERGY:  Thousands of churches have switched to Parish Buying. Has your church switched to a cheaper and 100% green energy supplier yet? Check out Parish Buying For news about The Big Energy Switch, click on our Get Involved page

OTHER DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards 2019: following the excellent Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards 2018 meetings, we have organised another, this time at St Andrew's Rugby on Tuesday 5th March from 7.15 to 9.15. Do join us!

Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES): The Certificate Course opened for applications at https://www.jri.org.uk/news/cres-open-for-applications-2018/. This two year distance learning Certificate course provides an opportunity to study rural and environmental issues from a Christian viewpoint. It is of interest to all with a personal or professional concern for the environment and countryside, rural communities and church. There are no entry requirements. It is very popular and as there are limited spaces available, do apply as soon as possible if you are interested. 

CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS EVENTS, June 2018: See News Archive page

ECO CHURCH and CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS MEETINGS

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

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OTHER NEWS:

Church of England Environment Programme 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 

New Eco Church pages online Go to http://arocha.org.uk/new-eco-church-survey-online/ 

Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES): Congratulations to Revd Chris Goble on being awarded his CRES Certificate on 2 September 2017! Visit our Resources page for more information about this excellent programme.

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/). On Sunday 2nd September 2018, the way station at Leamington Hastings was commissioned with its seats and beautiful carved representations of singers from the parish, something you must see!

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

New Housing Developments: with a number of new developments springing up in the Diocese, let's make sure that these are built for the benefit of those who live there, both people and wildlife. Read the Wildlife Trusts' vision report.

For News items from 2017 and earlier, go to the News Archive page

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