Please send us news from your church about how you are responding to the EcoChurch challenge. This can be an encouragement to others. Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
IS YOUR CHURCH SIGNED UP TO ECO CHURCH?
We now have 43 churches in the West Midlands Synod who have signed up with A Rocha. Of those, 5 have achieved a silver award and 8 others a bronze award. Congratulations to St Andrew's Cheltenham for recently "upgrading" from Bronze to SIlver, and to Lillington Free Church for gaining their Silver award as well.
For those churches who have not yet applied for an award, can I encourage you to do so. For those who registered but not yet completed an award application, can you make a particular effort to do this before the summer of 2021? Do ask for help if you're stuck.
What we would really like is for all churches in the Synod to have signed up with A Rocha - a 100% registration and an ongoing commitment to improve your eco-credentials. So for those who have not yet done so, please do. It only takes 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire and you will find the experience rewarding as you discover how eco friendly your church really is.
Follow the link to the A Rocha website where you can complete your registration and survey to become an Eco Church and claim your award!
(further detailed guidance here)
John Davey (Chair - Synod Eco Group)
Churches are encouraged to contact Mark Rudhall at Green Energy Consulting. Mark will come to your church free of charge and will undertake a survey to see how energy efficient the church is. He will then produce a report of recommendations. This will tick boxes on your A Rocha Survey especially if you decide to change your energy suppliers to ones that are more environmentally friendly.
Mark can be contacted through Green Journey on 03330 067 177 - Email email@example.com or go to their web site www.greenjourney.org.
The West Midlands continues to do well, with three more churches registered.
Just a quick update on the Eco church registrations - the figures keep changing - but the latest I've heard is as follows.
Three synods have registered as working towards an Eco Synod Award: -
West Midlands, Wessex, South Western and East Midlands are in the process of registering.
The number of churches registered for each synod is as follows (WestMids data are as at Dec 2020):
Scotland: scheme is called Eco-congregation Scotland and 30% of Synod of Scotland are involved.
Wherever you are in the country and in the list above, thank you for your advocacy of Eco issues - there may be a long journey ahead but the momentum is increasing!
UPDATE FROM THE SMESTOW GROUP OF CHURCHES
We now have all three churches in the Pastorate awarded Bronze for Eco-Church
And Wombourne URC has started an eco-garden at the church