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.
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.
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.
Eco Church in the Diocese of Winchester
Eco Church, an initiative from A Rocha UK, is an award scheme designed to celebrate those parishes which are ‘caring for God’s creation’ through acting to make their churches more eco-friendly, campaigning for global changes to protect the environment and encouraging local churchgoers to alter their lifestyles to better care for the world around them. Parishes across the Diocese are encouraged to register with the Eco Church scheme and begin working towards the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards which it supports. Many parishes are already doing this and a number have already achieved an Eco Church Award. To find out more take a look at this 4 minute film:
Tools for Transformation
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.
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.
For resources related to the environment or environment award schemes use the search bar or the browse function below. Alternatively contact Gordon:
01962 737323 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Parishes with Environmental Awards
|St Boniface, Nursling||March 2013|
|St John’s, Rownhams||March 2013|
|St John’s, Moordown||June 2011|
|St Mary’s, Eastrop||December 2009|
|St John’s Hartley Wintney||October 2010|
|St Barnabas, Holdenhurst||March 2011|
|St John’s Holdenhurst||November 2012|
|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|