Eco Church

Eco Church

Across the Diocese, we believe that responding to climate change is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God's creation.

Within our Called Together vision we have expressed a commitment to protecting creations life for future generations. One of the ways we are supporting churches in their environmental journey is to encourage them to become an Eco Church.
 

Eco Church

Through its free online survey and supporting resources, Eco Church, equips churches to express their care for God’s world by asking them to reflect on five keys areas of their life as a church.

The five areas are:

  • Worship and teaching;
  • How you look after your buildings and land;
  • How you engage with your local community and in global campaigns; and
  • In the personal lifestyles choices of your congregation.

It then offers suggestions as to the next steps a church can take; churches can achieve a gold, silver or bronze award, based on their Eco Church journey
 

Other ways to get involved

An Environment Working Group has been set up to help us explore ways in which we as a Diocese can move forward in lightening our impact on the environment. The group was started following responses to a diocesan-wide survey in 2019.

The survey revealed an appetite among parishes for the Diocesan leadership to support and encourage local parishes to take action on the environment.

If you would like to know more about the Working Group please contact Claire.Boxall@rochester.anglican.org

 

Useful links and resources

For more help and inspiration, take a look at these national and local groups:

  • Church of England Environmental Programme Find out more about whole the Church of England is working to tackle climate change. Plus links to national information, webinars, newsletters and resources.
  • Wild Christians The Wild Christian scheme is a community of families and individuals exploring the connections between our Christian faith, the natural environment, and how we live. Sign up and each month they send you something to think about and some practical actions that you can take to help you enjoy, nurture and protect nature. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your own stories, if you wish, and to help us generate ideas for future editions: 
  • Eco Church Kent Facebook group This group is to support anyone working to make their church and communities more sustainable and eco-friendly, and working towards an Eco Church award. Members share tools, links, questions, and encouragement so we can work together to be carbon neutral: 
  • Faith for the Climate aims to encourage, inspire and equip faith communities in their work on climate change. This is an interfaith organisation:
  • Green Christian Is a community of ordinary Christians from all backgrounds and traditions. Inspired by faith, they work to care for Creation through prayer, living simply, public witness, campaigning and mutual encouragement. 

 


Key Contacts

Claire Boxall

Called Together Manager

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