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Eco-Church

 
"As Christians we are called to be stewards of God's wonderful creation. The challenges facing this creation are numerous and well reported, but there are plenty of small steps that we can take to help care for our planet.
"Often this starts with ourselves, as individuals and churches. Simply evaluating how our lifestyle impacts the planet and making changes to minimise our negative impact where possible can make a big ​difference.
"That's what Eco-Church is all about. Packed full of useful resources and suggestions it is a great tool and I'd encourage churches to sign up and join the drive to care for God's Creation." - Bishop Andrew
 

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What is Eco-Church?

Eco-Church is A Rocha UK's award scheme to encourage and recognise churches in England and Wales that demonstrate the gospel is good news for God's creation.

To become an Eco-church each church completes a simple, free, online Survey about how they are caring for God's earth in different areas of their life and work. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church Award. If the score doesn't gain an Eco-Church Award straight away this isn't a problem - further actions can be completed and added to the survey response in order to gain the points necessary for an Award. The survey takes churches through five key areas of church life:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildings
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

There are three levels of Eco Church Award - Bronze, Silver and Gold.

 

Becoming an Eco-Church

To become an Eco-Church all that needs to happen is to take the Eco-Church survey. To access the survey please register with the Eco-Church website and then take the survey - this should take less than an hour and may be returned to at any time.

​View the survey questions.
 

Resources

There are lots of resources available to help churches on their eco journey on subjects varying from worship materials to guides to carbon footprint reduction on the Eco-Church website. Their interactive map of Eco-Churches is especially useful and interesting. 

A PCC Guide to Eco-Church (PDF)

A Flyer for Eco-Church (PDF)

Creation Matters Small Group Studies (PDF)
A series of useful studies on Creation Matters, including worship, scriptural readings and practical actions on environmental matters.

 

Get in touch

We are here to help churches on their eco journey. If you have any questions or would like any support please get in touch with Lesley Crawley, Diocesan Environment Adviser.

Lesley Crawley Lesley Crawley

Diocesan Environment Adviser

Lesley.Crawley@cofeguildford.org.uk

01252 820537

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