These seminars will be led by Revd Dr Mark Siddall who, before becoming Priest-in-Charge of St James Church Kingsway and Quedgeley, had an international career in Climate Research. This seminarContinue reading
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EcoChurch Resourcing: Huntley, The Fairview Gardener
EcoChurch resourcing events are currently focussed on informal gatherings in coffee shops, in various locations across the Diocese. They are opportunities to bring questions, to share joys and frustrations, andContinue reading
Eco Church prayer forum
Join A Rocha UK for their first prayer gathering for 2023, to connect with the wider Eco Church community, and to reflect, share, and pray together. The A Rocha UKContinue reading
Divestment in fossil fuels – questions asked at General Synod
While General Synod has mostly been in the news for the LLF discussions, it was not the only item of business. Questions about divestment in fossil fuels, arising from ourContinue reading
Message from Bishop Robert, 7 February 2023
I have just returned from a fabulous mission weekend with the Thameshead Benefice, a group of six parishes and nine churches located between Cirencester and Tetbury – a mix of larger villages such as Kemble and smaller communities that together create a lively church community reaching out to all who live in the area.
Shortcuts for completing your annual Energy Footprint Tool return
Tom Wood, from the national Church’s Research and Statistics Team, has created a practical video to demonstrate how to fill in the Energy Footprint Tool (below). Every church is askedContinue reading
Church of England appoints Julian Atkins as Net Zero Programme Director
Julian Atkins, currently the Countywide Climate Change Coordinator for the public sector partnership, Climate Leadership Gloucestershire, has been appointed Net Zero Programme Director for the Church of England. Having workedContinue reading
EcoChurch Resourcing: Fairford/Lechlade Coffee Shop Chat (Lynwoods, Lechlade)
The next EcoChurch resourcing events are going to be informal gatherings in coffee shops, in various locations across the Diocese. It is an opportunity to bring questions, to share joysContinue reading
Funding for birdboxes – deadline end of February
Keen birder Bill Richardson would like to put in a block funding application to provide birdboxes for churches and church partnerships in the Diocese of Gloucester. Worshipping communities can installContinue reading
“Being an Eco Church has become a part of life” at Pip and Jim’s Leckhampton
In August 2022, St Philp and St James Church Leckhampton was awarded a Bronze Eco Church Award by A Rocha and is now working towards Silver. Helen Wolfson, a memberContinue reading
Journey to net zero – what impact is your church having?
Across the Diocese of Gloucester, we have committed to being net zero carbon by 2030. This is an ambitious target and one that we will need to work together toContinue reading
Message from Bishop Robert, 6 December 2022
A week ago, Cate Williams wrote on the deep reality of the nature crisis that is wounding the biodiversity of our world and how, as disciples of Christ, we might begin to respond. As we begin our Christmas celebrations, we are given, should we need it, another reminder of why it is so important that we respond.
COP15 – how can we respond to the nature crisis?
Ahead of the COP15 conference on biodiversity, Cate Williams, Environmental Engagement Officer shares how worshipping communities can help to protect wildlife and habitats where they are. COP15 is the fifteenthContinue reading
Eco projects at care home help residents connect with faith
Bishop Robert visited Badgeworth Court in Cheltenham to find out more about the environmental projects they use to benefit both their care home and their residents. Joana Matias, Activities Coordinator,Continue reading
Letting the wildflowers bloom
Sue Padfield, Churchwarden at St Mary’s, Witcombe showed Bishop Robert how the church team has been caring for the churchyard in a way that encourages nature. They leave two largeContinue reading
Cate Williams on COP27: politics, churches and community
Diocesan Environmental Engagement Officer, the Revd Dr Cate Williams reflects on COP27 and how our churches and communities can be part of the solution. As the COP27 discussions continue, weContinue reading
“People of hope can change the world”: Cate Williams
Cate Williams, Environmental Engagement Officer, wrote a ‘Thought for the Week’ to the Gloucestershire Citizen newspaper (as printed in the Citizen 11 November 2022) ‘As we go to print, theContinue reading
Taking Eco Church In An Hour to the next level
We’ve had the latest statistics back from Eco Church and nearly one-third of churches in the Diocese of Gloucester are registered for their Eco Church Award. 114 churches have takenContinue reading
Introducing Chris Langham, the Deanery Eco Advisor for the Severn Vale Deanery
A childhood spent in the densely populated city of Portsmouth led Chris to a lifelong love of the great outdoors and a sense of responsibility for caring for the planet.Continue reading
Practical suggestions to help parishes save energy and money
For parishes and churches looking to save energy and money this autumn and winter, this advice note has been created to offer suggestions and useful tips to consider. WatchContinue reading
Eco Church Silver Award for St Lawrence’s, Lechlade
St Lawrence’s Church in Lechlade is celebrating after achieving a Silver Eco Church Award and is already looking at the requirements for Gold level. Their environment work is championed inContinue reading
#EcoChurchInAnHour Caring for the environment
Bishop Robert meets the Assistant Operations Director at Trinity Cheltenham, Marion David, to talk about how care for the environment runs through everything they do as a church at Trinity.
Accessible church community garden is growing fast
A community garden has been developed on part of the site of St Philip and St James Church, Hucclecote. Begun by a small group from the church, it is now a community asset with volunteers not only from Hucclecote but also from further afield in Gloucester.
St Peter’s Leckhampton achieves Eco Church Silver Award
In June, St Peter’s Leckhampton marked a key stage in their Eco Church journey when they were awarded the Eco Church Silver Award by A Rocha. Richard Kerr-Wilson, a memberContinue reading