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 5 th 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!
Many parishes are already using eco church, to find out more take a look at this 4 minute film:
Resources that may help you
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.
Environment Resource Pack
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