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 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 bronze award.
To participate in the Eco Church scheme, register your church at Eco Church - An A Rocha UK Project
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 complete additional actions. 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 will be a whole 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.
A Rocha Eco Church Bronze and Silver Award Winners within the Diocese of Derby