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/ 8 August 2017

Parish Eco Church awards doubled

Stairs and stained glass at St Paul's Old Ford

Eco Church awards to London parish churches have just doubled from three to six.

St Mary Hampton, St James Piccadilly and St Paul Old Ford have been joined by St Stephen West Ealing, St John Southall Green and Holy Trinity Northwood.

All of these are the holders of Eco Church Bronze awards. Several are already working towards their Silver awards.

Eco Church is a Christian environmental scheme for churches run by A Rocha UK.

Eco Church provides tools to help churches weave their response to environmental issues into all that they do.

Eco Church was launched in St Paul’s in January 2016.

In a time of unprecedented environmental stresses, Eco Church enables churches to respond to God’s mandate to human beings to care for His creation, by integrating environmental care throughout their church’s life and mission.

The Diocese of London encourages churches to join Eco Church. Participation in Eco Church is free and registration is straightforward. Has your church yet joined more than 600 other churches who are making a difference through Eco Church?

Eco Church awards are gained by completing an online questionnaire. Bronze, silver and gold awards are presented to churches for environmental attainment across a wide range of areas, including care of buildings and churchyards, energy-saving, recycling, food and lifestyle, worship, preaching and teaching, engagement in communities and the wider world.

By the end of 2017, the Diocese of London aims to have 80 churches registered, with eight of them to have received Eco Church awards.

Nigel Hopper of A Rocha UK said:

“It’s so encouraging to confirm these Eco Church awards, a great way of recognising the efforts of Christian communities to care for the environment. This is further proof that a commitment to care for the earth has taken root within the Diocese of London and is bearing fruit for the benefit of people and planet.”

Brian Cuthbertson, the Diocese’s Head of Environment and Sustainability, said:

“Congratulations to all who have achieved their Eco Church awards! This reflects a huge amount of work by every parish. Involvement by London churches in Eco Church compares favourably with other dioceses around the country in this effort. As each new church gains its award, we move closer to our challenging targets.”

Read more about Eco Church at Eco Church in the Diocese of London.
For more about the wider environmental commitments and work of the Diocese and churches, see Environment and Sustainability.

Image: interior of St Paul Old Ford, a bronze Eco Church Award winner.

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