Eco Church

Above: Solar panels installed on one of our Diocesan vicarages

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Congratulations to St Andrew's, Rugby who are about to register for their Gold Award (5 March 2019) and 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. Click here for further details. Could this count towards your Eco Church points? See Kew’s @GrowWildUK campaign. 

Community and Global Engagement: please could your church support Operation Noah in it's climate work at http://operationnoah.org/donate/? This would help them in their vital work and gain you 10 points towards this section!

Please could you check that your church details are correct on https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-church-locations/ If your record is duplicated or not up to date, please let A Rocha know so that they can correct the entry.

Eco Diocese:

The Diocese of Coventry has now registered as an Eco Diocese. To read more about this, see our news page. We have nearly achieved Eco Diocese Bronze status; to do this, to date (15th February 2019) we need to have three more churches achieving Bronze Award status.

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 (15th January 2019) seven churches, St Oswald’s in Tile Hill, St Martin's, Finham, St Mary's, Cubbington, St James', Alveston, St John's, Kenilworth, St James' Snitterfield and All Saints, Harbury have won Bronze Awards and two, St Andrew's Eastern Green and St Andrew's Rugby, have won Silver. St Mary's Cubbington is about to apply for Silver (15th February 2015). 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 15 February 2019: 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; Holy Trinity, Norton Lindsey; 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 Mary the Virgin, Bealey;  St George the Martyr, Newbold Pacey; St Mary's, Oldberrow; St James the Great, Snitterfield,  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. Help meet your Eco Church Buildings target!

A message from Eco Church (20 November 2018): 

Huge congratulations to St James's Church, Piccadilly which becomes the fourth Eco Church Gold Award holder, proving that a Grade 1 Listed building can get to Gold! 

Salisbury has become the first Bronze Awarded Eco Diocese (an umbrella scheme to help the Anglican Church engage more of its churches), closely followed by Guildford Diocese with more awards expected soon. The Diocese of Coventry is close to Bronze, but we need several more churches to get their Bronze or Silver Awards.

In the midst of so much political turmoil - and inertia on lots of environmental issues - it's encouraging to know that more than 1100 churches across England and Wales have now registered for Eco Church signaling a desire by church communities to embed environmental concerns into church culture and enrich community life. Thank you for all of your hard work to engage and motivate your churches. 

We want to continue to provide Eco Church as a free resource to enable all churches to access it. However, it does cost A Rocha UK money to run and to develop further. Please encourage your church to make a donation if you can and thank you so much if your church has already done so. 

Operation Noah is an ecumenical Christian charity providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing threat of catastrophic climate change; we have been developing a working relationship with Operation Noah to promote disinvestment and to promote investment in processes that increase carbon capture. Look at the website http://operationnoah.org/ for further details. Please consider supporting Operation Noah, either individually or as a parish; this could be an expression of your 'Community and Global Engagement' as part of the Eco Church scheme.

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