Eastern Synod Environmental News

User-friendly Eco Church - Scheme Passes 500 Mark

eco-church-2017Over 500 churches, including 50 United Reformed Church congregations, are now registered with the Eco Church scheme launched last year by Christian environmental charity, A Rocha UK.

The 500th local church to register was Great Chishill United Reformed Church, south Cambridgeshire.

As the successor to Eco Congregations in England and Wales (Eco Congregations continues in Scotland), Eco Church is based on a simple online survey. Users register for free and can revisit the questionnaire as often as they wish to report on their eco efforts in areas of church life including worship, building management and community engagement. The website keeps note of their progress scores and indicates when they qualify for an award.

Download: Eco Church News Article

Good stewardship of the resources God has given us must be dear to all our hearts

How can we manage this in our churches?

  • Start by raising awareness within the congregation.
  • Within the property and without any expenditure; consider switching off some lights and the correct level of heating; reuse, reduce and recycle whenever possible; reduce waste and consumption.
  • With minimal expenditure; carry out regular maintenance; install low energy lights;
  • When planning building improvements; improve the insulation; change the type of heating; look for greener energy suppliers; consider solar power (already planned for two churches in the Synod.
  • Ask the congregation to consider their personal life styles.
    • Walking to Church saves fuel and is better for you. 
    • Switching off  when not in use (includes your car engine). 
    • Sharing lifts, driving more fuel efficient cars and flying less will make a very positive impact. 
  • Use the phone and consider conference calls rather than having meetings. Consider food miles.

Download: Cut Your Carbon - 50 Ways To Take Action

Website : Eco Congregation

Website: Operation Noah

Website: Campaign to Protect Rural England 

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