The Environment - Caring for God's Creation


Churches can do much to help raise awareness of environmental issues.

An Environmental Policy was adopted by the Diocesan Synod in October 2009 to help churches engage with environmental issues and recognise their Christian responsibility to try and make a difference. The Policy was produced by a Working Group comprising both parish members and Diocesan Officers. It represents a Diocesan response, both to calls from the national church via the 'Shrinking the Footprint' campaign, and to help parishes 'safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain and renew the life of the earth' (The Fifth Mark of Mission, Archbishops' Council). Parishes were consulted in the drawing up of the policy and best practice identified from other Dioceses.

The policy statement forms the core document of the environmental pack produced by the working group. It is supported by recommendations for change and a Diocesan Environmental Award Scheme designed to encourage parishes to embrace these recommendations and work towards becoming a 'greener' church. (To see how the scheme has helped other parishes click here.) Additional resources are available to assist parishes and can also be downloaded below.

For more information, please contact The Revd Gordon Randall, Diocesan Stewardship Adviser at or phone him on 01962 737323.

Internal Resources

External Resources

What Others Have Done...

St John's, Moordown completed their Diocesan Environmental Gold Award and then decided to introduce an 'Individual Eco Award Challenge' whereby individual parishioners could obtain their own environmental award. To view what their challenge involves, click here

As well as going for a Diocesan Environmental Award, why not set up something similar for your parishioners and then also encourage them to talk to their friends and family about why they are committed to caring for God's creation.

To view parishes who have obtained a Diocesan Environmental Award, click here.

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Public Notices

Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2013

Odiham resident to cycle over 1000 miles

Steve Brown is raising funds for local church

General Synod votes in favour of women bishops

Statement from the Bishop of Winchester

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Tim

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Tim, July 2014

Eleven new clergy ordained at Winchester Cathedral

New Deacons will serve communities across Hampshire and Dorset

A new Bishop for Basingstoke

Winchester vicar David Williams appointed

St Peter's Church, Ropley

Early on Thursday morning there was a serious fire at St Peter's Church in Ropley.

Funeral and memorial service for Bishop John Baker

Academy Drum Band Performs at Wolvesey

Academy Drum Band Performs at Wolvesey for the Bishop’s Clergy and Readers Supper

Bishop John Austin Baker

It is with deep sorrow that I advise the Right Reverend John Austin Baker died at 6 a.m. this morning, Wednesday 4 June.