Could your church become an Eco Church?
Eco Church is run by the Christian environmental charity A Rocha UK, to help churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.
It offers a free online survey and supporting resources designed to equip each church to express its care for God’s world in: its worship and teaching; how it looks after its buildings and land; how it engages with the local and global community; and the personal lifestyles of the congregation.
The survey acts as a tool for your church to carry out an initial audit in these areas and then record progress. Registering with the scheme allows you to save your survey answers and then update them as your church undertakes new actions and initiatives.
As you complete the survey your church collects points towards an Eco Church Award. In the Diocese of Chichester churches which have already achieved Silver awards are Trinity Lewes, St Mary’s East Grinstead and St Mark’s Holbrook. Among those with Bronze awards are: Holy Trinity Forest Row, St John the Evangelist Brighton, St Paul’s Chichester and the Cathedral.
Get started in 4 easy steps
1: Look at the Eco Church website
2: Register as an Eco Church - it’s simple and starts your journey. You don’t have to be doing any activity just sign up at A Rocha UK
3: Complete the Eco Survey. It will help you to identify the environmental work that your church is doing and what else you could do.
4: Contact Diocesan Environment Officer, Revd Debbie Beer M: 07530 039299
For help and support – we are building informal local networks of support and Debbie can also direct you to people who can help on specific issues.
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