Eco Church and Eco Diocese
Hereford Diocese supports churches engaging with A Rocha scheme to promote caring for God’s earth
The gospel is good news for the whole of creation, as well as for human beings.We are called to a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth and through this demonstrate Christian hope for God’s world.We want to demonstrate this across our Diocese to others, being beacons of hope for a brighter environmental future.A Rocha UK is part of an international Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world.Their Eco Church awards are designed to motivate and resource Christians and churches to make caring for God’s earth an integral part of their everyday work and witness, using a straightforward web-based award scheme.
Eco Church offer a free online survey, enabling churches to record what they are already doing to care for God’s earth, reflect on what further steps they want to take and then put it into action.Resources to help with each new step are provided along the way – for worship and teaching; management of church buildings and land; community and global engagement and lifestyle.As you record what you are doing this is shown on a gauge as you progress towards a bronze, silver or gold award certificate and award plaque.
It has been lovely to see how the church of St Leonard’s in Yarpole has benefitted from their participation in this scheme:From the Churchwarden “Our re-ordering of the church gave us an impetus to think about our environmental/carbon footprint – we wanted to build on that and Eco Church gave us the framework to do that, pulled it together, incidentally saving us some money on our bills”.From the Eco Church lead “We had such positive feedback from our community and pride that ‘our’ church is leading the way.Where else can we get the opportunity to show such leadership in the community?”,Yarpole are now proudly in receipt of the Silver Eco Church award and continuing to move forward with their learning and practical application of further developing their care for God’s creation.
Marches Christian Environmental Network (M-CENT) are also supporting and encouraging churches across the Diocese to join in with this scheme.Be inspired and show your care for God’s creation by signing up for Eco Church and inspire your local community too.