Protecting our environment

Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.

In March an environment survey was sent out to parishes by Bishop James. One of the questions asked if the parish was “working towards an Eco Church Award”. Having looked at the Eco Church website it was agreed by the ministry team that I should look into this further.

The scheme is supported by many Christian denominations. It costs nothing to join and its vision “for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully” seems to be something we should be aiming for.

St George’s is now registered and of the five sections: Worship and Teaching; Buildings; Land; Community and Global Engagement; Lifestyle. Our award performance indicate that we have achieved bronze in the Buildings, Community and Global Engagement, and Lifestyle sections. In the Land section we score silver and for Worship and Teaching a gold.

We continue to investigate ways in which we can improve our rating but everyone can help. Easy wins to do this would be;  remember to turn off lights and the kitchen water heater when not in use,   keep outer doors closed whenever possible, to conserve heat, place all paper and plastic into the boxes which we take for recycling, and volunteer for churchyard gardening . Please also inform us of any local, national or global environmental issues that we could learn from and include in our prayers.

Please speak to me if you have any questions or suggestions to help make St George’s more environmentally aware.         Joan Conway (St George’s Eco Church Rep)