News from the DEG

STOP PRESS!

Join the Easter 2019 Declaration for Fossil-free Churches: see the document and flyer in the Documents section at the right.

School strike for the Climate? Why is Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school girl on strike about Climate Change? See her TED talk.

Book now for Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards 2019 on Monday 1st April at St Peter's Wellesbourne. 7.15 - 9.15pm. See and download the Poster in the Documents section on the right.

Operation Noah: This Lent, could you ask your  church to make a divestment commitment and join the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches? See the document 'Divest your churches' in the document section on the right.

Tuesday 5th March at St Andrew's Rugby, Eco Church and Cherishing Churchyards 2019: thirty seven people, representing twenty churches, gathered to hear how to engage with the Eco Church Programme, to plan for Cherishing Churchyards events in the summer and to hear about Christian Aid's campaign for Climate Justice action from John Cooper from West Midlands Christian Aid. The highlight of the evening was news from the vicar, Imogen Nay, who introduced the evening telling us that St Andrew's is about to submit it's survey data to apply for Eco Church Gold! Other speakers included John Daymond on the St Andrew's  Rugby Eco Church programme, Chris Sarson on last year's event at St Peter's Dunchurch, Tricia West on Eco Tips for Eco Church, Dick Withington on Operation Noah, Nicola Perryman on Cherishing Churchyards 2019 and Godfrey Armitage who considered the question 'Why care for Creation?'  

CONGRATULATIONS TO ST ANDREW'S RUGBY, ABOUT TO APPLY FOR ECO CHURCH GOLD (5th March 2019)!

Book now for RSA Warwickshire: How Low Carbon is your Community? Harbury Energy Initiative and the RSA aim to bring together local communities in the region to share ideas and solutions for local actions to limit climate change. Saturday 27th April 2019 at 09:15 - 13:15 at Harbury Village Hall, Harbury.  For details and booking, click here

Congratulations to St Mary's Cubbington who are about to register for their Silver Award (14 February 2019)!

Grow fungus as a team activity in your church using Kew's Grow Wild kit to grow edible fungi. For further details, see https://www.growwilduk.com/content/grow-fungus-us. Could this count towards your Eco Church points?

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

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 birthday 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.

The Centenary Tree Project: 30th January 2019.As part of the Diocesan Centenary, the DEG organised The Centenary Tree Project; we hoped that a tree would 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. 

Every parish which ordered a tree should have their tree by now and those who completed their List B Applications before Christmas should have their plaques by now celebrating the planting as a Centenary project. A number of List B applications have been approved recently; others have not been sent in yet to the DAC and please submit these as soon as possible.  Plaques will be delivered round the Diocese to those whose List B applications have been approved when we have sufficient numbers to make a delivery trip worthwhile.  

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. 

Thirty two Churches in the Diocese of Coventry are now (30th January 2019) signed up for Eco Church! There are over a thousand churches nationally signed up, of which over three hundred are parishes in the 42 Dioceses of the Church of England, so Coventry Diocese makes up a good proportion! 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

CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS 2018 EVENTS: See News Archive page

REPORTS ON ECO CHURCH and CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS 2018 MEETINGS (See News Archive page):

(1) Report on 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

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

OTHER NEWS:

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 

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.

Rewilding - A Christian Perspective. A day conference at Ripon College, Cuddesdon on Saturday 27th April 2019. An excellent  opportunity for learning about Christian attitudes to conservation, for Continuing Ministerial Development and for meeting others involved in care for creation. Now fully booked (14 February 2019)

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