Eco Church is an award scheme, created and run by A Rocha UK, for churches who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God's earth. The scheme works through churches registering and completing the online Eco Church survey about how they are caring for God's earth in different areas of their life and work. The survey covers five key areas of church life:
- Worship and teaching
- Management of church buildings
- Management of church land
- Community and global engagement
The survey answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church award- either Bronze, Silver or Gold. You may find you already qualify for one! If your score doesn't gain you an award straight away, don't worry- the scheme is designed to help guide you through further actions from the survey and work towards an award.
There's a huge wealth of resources available here to support and guide on the Eco Church process. There are also case studies and you can speak to other churches in the Diocese- there are 55 churches registered with the scheme and 22 have awards, and many are happy to share their experience. One of these is St Cuthbert's, Lorton, who are a Gold awarded Eco Church- watch the video below to learn more.