Over 100 people came together to celebrate the environmental work of St Peter’s Church in Frimley as the Diocese of Guildford confirmed its commitment to becoming an Eco Diocese.
In order to become recognised as a Bronze awarded Eco Diocese 10% of local churches need to be registered as an Eco Church and 5% of churches within the diocese need to be awarded a bronze or above level.
The Bishop of Dorking, Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, spoke at the event, giving a biblical basis for caring about the environment before the team at St Peter’s Frimley shared their insights from their journey to becoming a bronze awarded Eco Church.
The event also included an opportunity to quiz members of the diocesan environmental group and to share ideas and expertise in the drive to become more environmentally friendly.
Eco Church, an initiative from A Rocha UK, is an award scheme designed to celebrate those parishes which are ‘caring for God’s creation’ through acting to make their churches more eco-friendly, campaigning for global changes to protect the environment and encouraging local churchgoers to alter their lifestyles to better care for the world around them.
Revd Lesley Crawley, Diocesan Environmental Adviser, commented,
“It was such a positive event with so much enthusiasm and ideas for how to improve and reduce our environmental footprint. I can’t think of a better way to recognise the work and achievement of St Peter’s than to come and celebrate together.
“The call to look after our world is central to us as a Church and Eco Church is a fantastic way of becoming more aware and environmentally friendly.
“With just a few more churches needed to sign up for us to be recognised as an Eco Diocese it would be great for us to hit this milestone quickly!”
Find out more about Eco Church, including useful resources to help along the journey, and sign up to be an Eco Church online now.