Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
At the heart of Eco Church is a unique, online survey that enables churches to both record what they are already doing to care for God’s earth, and to reflect on what further steps they can take to that end and then act accordingly.
The survey covers all areas of church life: Worship and Teaching; Management of Church Building and Land; Community and Global Engagement; and Lifestyle. As such, it challenges churches to act in respect of the songs they sing and of the food they serve; of the energy they use and of the ethics of their investments; of the wildlife that finds a home on their land and of the water that flushes their loos; and so on…
As a church completes the survey they collect points towards an Eco Church Award. There are three levels of Eco Church Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award churches must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to them. If all the relevant gauges turn bronze, the church has achieved a Bronze Award; if they all turn silver they have achieved a Silver Award , and so on.
For more information visit Eco Church
Each of the churches in our Benefice has undertaken the Eco Church survey and has an action plan to complete to achieve their target award. We have been busy doing carbon footprint calculations, writing lighting policies and land maintenance plans as well as a lot of other things! You can do your bit to help our world by following some of the tips on our information leaflet below.
Look out for information on our "Eco Harvest" event in October where we will be officially presenting our awards.