EcoChurch is an award programme managed by the Christian Environmental charity A Rocha UK. Churches are challenged to commit themselves to actions which are positive for God’s creation under five headings: Worship and Teaching; Buildings; Land; Lifestyle; and Community and Global. Registration is online and free although there is a charge for an award plaque, and donations to A Rocha are welcome for churches who are able to consider this. Those responsible for listed buildings will be glad to know that there are exemptions from certain expectations that would be impossible to implement in an ancient and protected building! The ethos is all about doing what we can and making a commitment to positive change, but not stressing about the impossible.
The focus of our ‘Getting Started’ seminars will be introducing EcoChurch to those who are new to it. As well as an overview of the themes and signposting of useful resources, the seminar will enable participants to understand how the award scheme works and to get started with the registration process. There will be an opportunity for questions as well as discussion with others who are working on Eco Church across the Diocese.
This event is part of a series supporting churches working towards an Eco Church Award. Keep an eye out for our ‘Next Steps’ seminars and other events in our Eco Church series here.