Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:04

Eco Church: Turn your church green

Following a presentation by the Environment group at Diocesan Synod on June 2018, Synod voted unanimously to become an Eco Diocese.

The 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."

A tale of two churches: See how two churches in the Diocese have taken different approaches to going green:


To find out more, contact Stella Collishaw who coordinates the group 01332 388685 /  e:   

For more about the scheme from Arocha ....


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 – a brand new 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 successor to Eco-Congregation (in England and Wales only) and they would love your church to take part in this exciting initiative, which will challenge and equip you to care for God’s world in all areas of your life together.

 To participate in the Eco Church scheme, register your church at

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.



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