Environment

The Diocesan Stewardship Adviser Gordon Randall works with the Diocesan Environmental Group (DEG) encouraging parishes to ‘Care for God’s Creation’. The DEG believe that care for the environment is fundamental to Christian faith and action.  As stewards of God’s gift of creation each of us has a responsibility to ensure that this remains a sustainable world and to respond to the social injustice visited on many of the world’s poorest people as a result of climate change.

To this end as a Diocese we affirm the 5th Mark of Mission agreed at the 1988 Lambeth Conference which asks all churches to ‘strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain and renew the life of earth’ as central to our work and mission.


Eco Church

To help parishes take practical steps in embracing ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ the DEG recommend participation with Eco Church.

Eco Church offers a free online survey, supported and endorsed by the Church of England, with supporting resources designed to equip your church to express your care for God’s world in your worship and teaching; in how you look after your buildings and land; in how you engage with your local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of your congregation.

http://www.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

The actions you take will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Complete the Eco Survey to gauge where your church currently is in relation to the three different levels; you may find you already qualify for an Eco Church Award!

Listen to an interview with Ruth Valerio and Claire from one of our Parishes – Rownhams – on the work they have done to gain Eco Church accreditation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04q0wd6#playt=1h40m44s


Tools for Transformation

Events

Simple and practical ways for your church to care for God’s earth.

Do you want to help your church engage with environmental issues?

This Diocesan event is a chance to explore the new Eco Church scheme and the Big Church Switch, hear about current local church projects and share experiences. We’ll also help you effectively articulate the Christian case for action. Presented Dr Ruth Valerio of A Rocha UK.

Download the Tools for Transformation Flyer or search our events page to find out when and where you can attend.

Climate Change – Bishop Graham Cray

Christian Aid Climate Change Projects


Big Church Switch

The Big Church Switch calls on churches and individual Christians of all denominations to switch their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy. By using clean, renewable energy the Church can demonstrate its commitment to care for our neighbours and for the earth – our common home.

Visit https://www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk/



For resources related to the environment or environment award schemes use the search bar or the browse function below. Alternatively contact Gordon:

gordon.randall@winchester.anglican.org / 01962 737323


Parishes with Environmental Awards


Gold

Parish Date
St Boniface, Nursling March 2013
St John’s, Rownhams March 2013
St John’s, Moordown June 2011
Lockerley July 2015

Silver

Parish Date
St Mary’s, Eastrop December 2009
St John’s Hartley Wintney October 2010
St Barnabas, Holdenhurst March 2011
St John’s Holdenhurst November 2012

Bronze

Parish Date
Romsey Abbey February 2010
St Mary’s Micheldever March 2010
All Saints, Basingstoke July 2010
St Peter’s/Old St Peter’s Stockbridge July 2010
St Thomas, Charlton July 2011
St Mary Bourne February 2012
Christ Church, Chinrham January 2014
St Francis of Assisi, Bournemouth May 2014
St Ambrose, Bournemouth July 2015
All Saints, North Baddesley July 2015
St Barnabas, Winchester January 2016

 

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