Eastern Synod Environmental News

  Eco Church

Are you interested in your church becoming more environmentally friendly? Try the Eco-church scheme run by A Rocha which guides churches in England and Wales towards expressing care for creation in five areas:

  • Worship and teaching
  • Management of church buildingseco-church-2019-colour
  • Management of church land
  • Community and global engagement
  • Lifestyle

Once churches are registered they can apply for Eco Church Awards at the levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold by collecting points having gone ‘green’ in various ways of church life by for example switching to a green energy company or using fair-trade for your tea and coffee supplies. It would be great to have more eco-churches within the eastern synod and we really hope your church will take part in this exciting, which will challenge and equip you to care for God’s world in all areas of your life together. If you want to find out more information visit
Website: Eco Church  please also feel free to contact me if you want any help or more information on the scheme.

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.

Helpful Links 

URC Caring for Creation
Joint Public Issues Team on Environment
Eco Congregation
Operation Noah
Campaign to Protect Rural England 

Download: Cut Your Carbon - 50 Ways To Take Action

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