I am delighted to announce that our churches have been given a silver award by the A Rocha foundation for our work in expressing our care for God’s creation. This is something that we have been working towards since early 2019, being inspired by our 2018 Autumn talks entitled ‘Cherishing God’s Earth’ in memory of John Gordon.
In achieving this award we have shown how we express our care for God’s world through our worship and teaching (e.g. Autumn 2019 talks, LiveLent Care for God’s Creation and ‘Saying Yes to Life’ 2020 study group), our buildings and land (e.g. installation of LED lights at St Mary’s), how we engage with our local community (e.g. 2019 Lent Plastic Challenge, co-organising and hosting a Climate Action Fair in 2020) and the personal lifestyle choices we all make (e.g. encouraging you to complete an environmental footprint calculator, review your water usage, use Fairtrade). Yes, we’ve done a lot to reflect on how our lives and the choices we make impact on God’s beautiful creation alongside our relationship with God the Creato
What does being an eco-church mean? It means that we are trying to become a church which takes seriously the implications of this aspect of our faith – that we begin to both realise just how central this is in our faith and what its practical implications are.
This is a huge achievement and I would like to thank Emma Cross, and those who have supported her for their immense efforts, in leading this. It is an ongoing part of our life together. I hope the award will stimulate us to further action.