Manchester Diocese is on a journey to become an Eco Diocese. This means taking seriously our care of God's creation and making it part of our everyday lives.
Can we make changes to our lifestyle and take small steps in the right direction? This might include signing up with a green energy supplier, reducing our purchase of single use plastic items, and remembering to put our rubbish in the correct recycling bins.
Becoming an Eco Church
The fifth Mark of Mission: "To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth"
Many church communities are imaginatively living out the fifth Mark of Mission through care for God’s creation. Responding to a survey in 2017, more than 200 churches reported practical steps they are taking and 44 expressed interest in becoming an Eco Church. So there is already great enthusiasm and much to celebrate in both inner city and rural parishes.
Following the launch of the Eco Church programme in Manchester Diocese in 2017 we set ourselves two targets for the first year:
- 32 churches registered for Eco Church (10%)
- 16 churches with a bronze award (5%)
By September 2019 we had 50 churches registered for Eco Church and 10 awards (seven bronze, three silver).
Can you help us on the journey by beginning your own Eco Church journey? Becoming an Eco Church contributes to our accreditation as an Eco Diocese.
HOW DO WE BECOME AN ECO CHURCH?
Eco Church (run by A Rocha UK) encourages and supports churches in their care for God’s creation across five areas of church life:
- worship and teaching
- community and personal engagement
Eco Church Awards operate through an online survey asking churches how they care for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work. By answering questions, you collect points towards a bronze, silver or gold Eco Church Award.
We currently have 50 churches registered to become Eco Churches
Our Eco Church Journey
Christ Church in Friezland has achieved an Eco Church bronze award! “We’re just at the start of a lifelong journey!"Read More
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
- Register your church at https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk
- Build a team of people to help you answer the questions, including children, young people, and people beyond your regular congregation. Can you work together with local schools and community groups?
- See how many Eco Church points you achieve by completing the questionnaire.
- The survey will suggest ideas for further action, many of them easily achievable and affordable.Be sure to update the survey with any changes you implement and notice what happens to your points.
- Check out the suggested online resources and develop your ideas further. They include prayers, activities for young people, information on green energy, insulation and developing wildlife friendly church grounds.
- When you have enough points, complete the Award Application Form.
HOW ELSE CAN WE GET INVOLVED?
We are providing training for clergy and laity (including the new ALM module in Ecology and Creation).
Share your progress on the Manchester Eco Diocese Facebook page! If your church receives an Eco Church award, or has a good news story to share, please let us know.
Share your eco projects on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EcoDiocese
Take a look at our Grants support page - could you get a grant to boost one of your eco projects?
Support cycling and find out if your church will be on a Beeline.
For help or advice and to share your good news stories, please contact the Diocesan Environmental Officer, The Revd John Hughes, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0161 872 0500.