In line with the Synod Environmental Policy, the Synod Office recycles as much of our waste stream as we can. First Mile Recycling have just calculated how we are doing and have sent our latest certificate. We will continue to look at how we can further reduce waste and send more of it for recycling. For the most recent year, 100% of what First Mile took from the office was recycled and 0.4Tonnes of CO2 equivalent was saved, earning us Silver level accreditation again
Congratulations to Broadway URC who became the first of our new award holders for 2021, now that they have gained the Bronze Eco Church Award. This brings our current total to 10 Bronze Award holders and 5 Silver Award holders. Of the 108 churches in the Synod (including our LEPs), 39% - almost 2 in 5 - have registered for Eco Church, and around 1 in 7 of our churches have already gained an award. Who will be next to gain their first award, or to "upgrade" from Bronze to Silver, or be the first in the West Midlands to gain Gold accreditation?
We are delighted that the Synod Office in Birmingham has received the Bronze Eco Church Award. Synod Moderator, Stave Faber, says, "This is an important milestone on our way towards treading more lightly on the earth and preserving the integrity of creation. It recognises what we've already been able to do at the Synod Office to make it a 'greener' place to work, and we've already identified some steps that we intend to take as we work towards further ecological improvements at the office, whist we will be trying to put in place during 2021."
This is a visible mark of the Synod's commitment to supporting A Rocha's Eco Church award scheme, and we hope that it will encourage more churches to make changes in their practices and gain Eco Church accreditation as well.
Great News. We now have 37 URC churches in the West Midlands Synod who have signed up with A Rocha. Of these 9 have received a bronze award and 2 a silver award. All these churches were commended by the Moderator at the Synod Meeting at Sutton Coldfield URC on 16 March 2019.
For churches that have not signed up, can I encourage you to do so. The process cannot be more simple. This is all you have to do:
There is just one more suggestion I would make. I would encourage all churches 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their web site www.greenjourney.org.
John Davey 22 March 2019
Just an update, 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
I am pleased to see we now have 29 churches in the West Midlands Synod who have signed up with A Rocha. Of which 1 has achieved a silver award and 3 others a bronze award.
I would be delighted to hear from all 29 churches as to what you have been doing to help the environment. Remember, good news stories are always worth sharing. (Please email your stories to Rachel Vernon in the Synod Office)
For those 25 churches who have not yet applied for an award, can I encourage you to do so.
What we would really like is for all churches in the Synod to have signed up with A Rocha. 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.
Three churches are on the journey as Eco-churches. Here is some information about what they are doing and the awards they have received.
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Huge congratulations to Emmanuel Redditch! These good folk have now been awarded the A Rocha silver Eco Award. What a great achievement.
We also have it on good authority that the congregation is determined to push through to get GOLD.
Well, we are rooting for you. Thank you to you and to all the other dedicated West Midlands congregations working so hard to get their awards. The West Midlands Synod is in first place, only just ahead of Wessex, so keep those awards coming in.
New Synod Eco Group Convener
With Kevin moving to his new position at Church House, John Davey will be taking on the role of new Synod Eco Group Convener as from 1 December 2018.
We are really excited about how we are now an Eco Synod and are looking forward to churches engaging in Eco initiatives.
If you would like to share what your church in engaging in, please send details to Rachel Vernon and she will post them onto this web page.
10 November 10am - 4pm