Eco Church

Above: Solar panels installed on one of our Diocesan vicarages

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Congratulations to St Andrew's, Rugby on achieving their Gold Award! One of only five Gold Awards in the country when it achieved it! For the full list of Diocese of Coventry registered Eco Churches (24th May 2019), see below. See them on the Eco Church location map at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-church-locations/

Community and Global Engagement:

(1) 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!

(2) how about getting your church to support 'The Time is Now', Christian Aid's campaign for justice and standing against climate change? Visit https://www.christianaid.org.uk/campaigns/climate-change/thetimeisnow

(3) how about setting up a 'garden of sanctuary'? See https://www.farmgarden.org.uk/sites/farmgarden.org.uk/files/gardens-of-sanctuary-resource-pack-portrait.pdf

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 are about to apply for Eco Diocese Bronze status (25th May 2019); forty churches in all have registered out of 245.

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 (4th June 2019) ten churches, St Oswald’s Tile Hill, St Martin's Finham, St John's Kenilworth, St Margaret's Wolston, All Saints Harbury, Holy Trinity Norton Lindsey, St George the Martyr Newbold Pacey, St James' Alveston, St David's Newbold on Stour with Armscote and St Edmund's Shipston have won Bronze Awards and three, St Andrew's Eastern Green, St Mary's Cubbington and St James' Snitterfield (not yet on the Eco Church map for Silver) have achieved Silver. St Andrew's Rugby has just received a Gold Award

The addition of St David's Newbold on Stour took us over the threshold for Eco Diocese Bronze!  Well done, St David's and also St Margaret's Wolston, who have just achieved Bronze too!

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 4th June 2019: St Martin's Finham; St Mary Magdalen Chapelfield; St Oswald's Tile Hill; Coventry Cathedral; St Nicholas with St Barnabas Kenilworth, St Andrew's Eastern Green; St John the Evangelist Kenilworth; All Saints Leek Wootton; St Mary's, Cubbington; St Mary Magdalene Lillington; St Margaret's Wolston; All Saints, Stretton on Dunsmore; St Paul's, Leamington Priors; All Saints Leamington; St James Old Milverton; St Gregory's Offchurch; St Michael's Budbrooke; Heathcote Church; St Leonard's, Birdingbury; St Peter's Galley Common; Holy Trinity Norton Lindsey; Lawford Lighthouse; Holy Trinity Hartshill; All Saint's Harbury; St Matthew and St Oswald Rugby; St Peter's Dunchurch; St James the Great Snitterfield; St Andrew's Rugby; St George the Martyr Newbold Pacey; St Peter and St John Rugby; St Peter's Grandborough; St Mary the Virgin Bearley; St Mary's Oldberrow;  St James' Alveston; St Mary and St Margaret Combroke; St Peter and St Paul Butler's Marston; St Peter's, Kineton; St David's Newbold on Stour with Armscote; Holy Trinity and St Thomas of Canterbury Ettington; 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.

If you are making good progress with Eco Church, why not share your story at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/stories/

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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): 

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/