Eco Church: Turn your church green

The Diocese of Derby is currently working to become an Eco Diocese.

 In 2018, a motion, proposed by Archdeacon Carol and seconded by Dr Richard Henderson-Smith, was:
"This Synod agrees to implement the process of becoming an Eco Diocese through the efforts of parishes, deaneries and diocesan officers and offices as it moves towards applying the gospel mission of caring for God’s Earth for the sake of God’s creatures. This is agreed to be reported, shared and celebrated at deanery and diocesan level."

Contact Stella Collishaw on 01332 388685 or email Stella.Collishaw@derby.anglican.org   


A Rocha Eco Church Award Winners within the Diocese of Derby- we have our first Gold!

There are 3871 churches registered in England, over 1000 have made bronze award, over 350 have silver awards and 22 gold awarded.

Awards in this Diocese:- 


Gold Awards

Glossop Parish Church, read the story here


Silver Awards

St Johns Mickleover

St Barnabas Derby

All Saints Sawley who describe their approach on the church website

St Marks Winshill

St Margarets Carsington

St Peters Belper

Derby Cathedral who describe thier approach in this article


Bronze Awards

All Saints Wingerworth

St Lawrence Church Eyam

Christchurch Hulland

Christchurch Belper 

St John the Baptist Bamford

St Peters Littleover

St Peters Fairfield

St Michael Hathersage

St John Bamford

St Thomas Biggin

St Matthew Darley Abbey


To contact these churches go to find a church or ask Stella Collishaw or your Deanery Administrator for a best contact.


A Rocha UK

From meditation to insulation, from location to invocation; loving God and his creation should impact everything in our church lives.
That's why A Rocha UK has developed Eco Church.

Eco Church – is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

Eco Church is the exciting initiative, which will challenge and equip you to care for God’s world in all areas of your life together.

Join in with neighbours and the wider Diocese as we work together to achieve a Diocesan bronze award.

To participate in the Eco Church scheme, register your church at Eco Church - An A Rocha UK Project

There is also a tutorial and user guide.

You can then begin completing the online survey by indicating how your church is caring for God’s earth in your worship and teaching, around your buildings and grounds (if applicable), in your community engagement at local and global level and in your personal lifestyles as church members.

As you complete the survey, your church collects points towards an Eco Church Award. You can save your survey responses and update them as you find out more by consulting church leaders. The survey serves as both a record of actions achieved and as a ready-made plan for future action that can be updated as and when new initiatives are undertaken. Accompanying the survey there is a new suite of resources to help churches undertake the actions recommended in the survey.

Once your church has amassed sufficient points, you will qualify for an Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Bronze and Silver Awards will be granted on receipt of written confirmation from your church leader that the survey responses are a true reflection of the current work and witness of your church. Gold Awards will only be granted following a visit to the church by Eco Church Assessors who need to be satisfied that your survey responses are an accurate reflection of your work and witness.

Award-winning churches will receive a certificate to mark their achievement and will have the option of purchasing (at cost) an Award plaque fashioned from recycled church pews to display on their premises.

Last modified on Wednesday, 15 February 2023 10:44