St John’s Church has very excitingly signed up to A Rocha’s ECO CHURCH programme
Who or what is A Rocha?
A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world and committed to mobilising Christians and churches in the UK to care for the environment
What is Eco Church?
It is an Online survey to motivate and resource churches and their members to care for creation, to love our global neighbours and follow God faithfully. The survey looks at five key areas of church life:
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings (where applicable)
- Management of church land (where applicable)
- Community and global engagement
What has St John’s done so far?
- Appointed a volunteer to champion environmental issues
- Completed the unique survey – The good news is we are doing well in some areas, so already we have collected points towards an Eco Church award. Although our score doesn’t gain us an Eco Church Award at the moment, the idea is to complete further actions in order to gain the points necessary for an Award. For example, perhaps we could switch to a green energy company or invite a Christian environmentalist to speak at a church event.
- Invited SSDC to seed a wildflower area on our land and put up bird boxes on some of the trees and they have agreed to do this.
- Posted 2 series of handy hints to make our everyday lives more environmentally friendly on St John’s Facebook page
- Two House Groups have undertaken a bible study entitled ‘Caring for God’s Earth’
- Started planning a ‘Swishing’ (clothes swap) event for 16th May 2020. This is now postponed.
What can I do?
- Support the things we have already committed to -like using Fairtrade items for church events, reducing the use of plastic and taking home things that can be recycled and put in your kerbside recycling.
- Come and talk – to Pauline Kibblewhite and find out more.
- Join our ‘green team’ Then you can register as a user on the Eco Church app, arocha.org.uk – find our church and then be able to read the survey and see if you have any ideas for how we can improve in a particular area.
- Pray for this area of our church life
- Check the St John’s Website and facebook page for tips and information
“We are not perfect but it is better to be imperfectly active than perfectly inactive”
Andy Watts – leader of Locking Castle church green team who won an A Rocha silver award in 2019
MORE IDEAS ?
|Reduce your car use. Car share, walk, cycle or use public transport|
|Undertake an Environmental Lifestyle Audit|
|Take part in a littler pick or a beach clean|
|Choose the Archbishop of Canterbury’s suggested Lent book ’Care for God’s creation’ as a Bible study for your house group, Children’s groups or individually at any time of the year|
|Adhere to the principles of LOAF (local, organic, animal friendly, fairtrade) and go plastic free at church socials|
|Set up a Repair Cafe|
“Underlying all we do is our biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society” – A Rocha