News from the DEG

STOP PRESS! 

The Time is Now: an event in London on Wednesday 26th June. Join Operation Noah at St Martin in the Fields from 1030 - 1130 for a Workshop on Divesting from fossil fuels and take part later in the event to lobby parliament to create a healthier environment for nature and people.

Eco Church Bronze Congratulations to St Margaret's Wolston who have just been awarded their Bronze! (4th June 2019) and to St Gregory's Offchurch who have applied for theirs (7th June 2019).

St James Alveston Cherishing Churchyards event: Saturday July 6th - with Cream Teas and Wildflowers - 2.00-4.00pm in the churchyard. How about joining the Annual Mow and Barbeque (click for picture) on Saturday 27th July from 9am to pick up ideas as to how to manage your own churchyard best for biodiversity? 

Eco Church Gold Awards!  Congratulations (13th May 2019) to St Andrew's Rugby who have been awarded their Gold! Their energy, imagination and innovation have been justly rewarded. See the Press Release in the Documents section. To date, 40 churches have registered for Eco Church. There are over 1500 churches nationally signed up! Let's do even more to bless God's amazing creation! Go to our Eco Church page.

And congratulations also to Stratford Methodist Church for their Gold Award (25th May 2019). There are only six Gold Award Churches in the country and two of these are in Warwickshire!

Stratford Climate Action Day 22nd June 2019 run by Stratford Climate Action Forum at Stratford Methodist Church Centre, with a lecture (Dr Lisa Schipper: 'Climate Change - why we can still do something'), workshops and exhibitions. For further information, contact Dr Lim Ho (limho21@hotmail.com

Have you planted a Diocesan Centenary Tree? Go to our Centenary Tree page for advice from the Woodland Trust on maintaining it.

Support Christian Aid's climate change campaign: visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/climate-change/thetimeisnow

Thanks to Sarah for showing her teacher, Ms Martin, a link to a resource on starting your own butterfly garden. This is now on our resources page.

REPORTS:

For News items from 2018 and earlier, go to the News Archive page

ECO CHURCH AND CHERISHING CHURCHYARDS 2019:

St Oswald's Tile Hill: Saturday 15th. News of a great afternoon celebrating Cherishing Churchyards 2019 and 30 Days Wild with the Wildlife Trust. St Pswald's are now the proud hosts to a hedgehog hotel, 2 bug houses and we've got bird feeders made from recycled materials. Not a lot of people came, but great fun!

St Mary's Cubbington Cherishing Churchyards event 2nd June 2019. Well done Silver Award St Mary's for pressing on despite the rain! Brave folks sitting by tables demonstrating building bug hotels and making newspaper pots. Brilliant ideas, in a beautiful churchyard.

St Nicholas Kenilworth Eco Church Open Day: Saturday 25th May, 10am - 1pm. See flyer in the Documents panel. This was an excellent occasion, demonstrating a beautiful churchyard being managed for good Biodiversity.

Monday 1st April at St Peter's Wellesbourne: forty people, representing twenty two churches, met for our second such meeting of the year. The vicar of St Peter's, Revd Greg Bartlem, welcomed us to St Peter's and Bishop John Stroyan reflected on creation care, then started the meeting with prayer. Following a presentation by Godfrey Armitage on creation care, Dr Claire Strachan of the DAC considered energy efficiency in Church Buildings, Sarah Shuttleworth of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust gave a presentation on Churchyards as Local Wildlife Sites, Revd Chris Goble reflected on Worship and Teaching in the context of Eco Church and Nicola Perryman spoke about the 2019 plans for Cherishing Churchyards events. Greg closed the meeting with prayer.

Tuesday 5th March at St Andrew's Rugby : 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?'  

Thanks to Nicola Perryman for organising these two meetings for the DEG and to our host churches for their hospitality.

New Bats in Churches project takes off.

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.

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.

RSA Warwickshire: How Low Carbon is your Community? Harbury Energy Initiative and the RSA brought together local communities in the region to share ideas and solutions for local actions to limit climate change on Saturday 27th April 2019 from 09:15 - 13:15 at Harbury Village Hall, 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. 

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

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

OTHER NEWS:

The Church of England Environment Programme Winter 2018: Click here

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

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