Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth, and St Martin’s is part of it!
On behalf of the PCC a small working group started by Gary Askew, Colin Salt and Margaret Hyde have completed the free online survey looking to help the church to express our care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of our congregation.
We are now looking towards gaining the prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze level initially. The vision is for the church to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.
The scheme is supported by A Rocha, Christian Aid, Tear Fund, The Church of England as well as the Methodist Church.
So far we have looked at small initiatives such as putting a notice on the church bulletin about environmental issues and getting the church web site linked to the Eco-church website.
What can you do?
We will be making suggestions on how to help throughout the year but here are some suggestions to start with.
- Carry out a lifestyle audit. See http://cdn.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Lifestyle-Lifestyle-Audit-v2.pdf
- Consider your domestic energy use. See http://cdn.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Lifestyle-You-and-Your-Energy-v2.pdf
- Consider how you travel, especially how you get to church. Could you walk or share a car with someone? See http://cdn.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Lifestyle-You-and-Your-Travel.pdf
There are loads more information and ideas on the Eco church website, http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/resources, or there are more ideas here http://cdn.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Community-and-Global-Engagement-How-To-Engage-With-Local-Sustainability-Groups.pdf
Would you like to get more involved see Gary Askew or Colin Salt for involvement at St Martins.As we mentioned in the previous articles have a look at phentermine.org.uk to learn about how phentermine works and the use of phentermine.