Our Eco Church Journey
01 August 2018 IN: Parish News
In five short months since first hearing the Diocesan Environmental Officer, John Hughes, talk passionately about the potential for Manchester to become an Eco Diocese, Christ Church in Friezland has achieved an Eco Church bronze award!
Church members Matt, Yvonne and Niamh Carson were invited to become the church’s Eco Champions back in February. They see the role as “encouraging the church in its duty of care to the environment, setting a good example to the community and pointing to a better future.”
When Matt registered the church on the A Rocha website and started completing the online questionnaire, he was surprised at how many things the church was already doing that qualified for Eco Church points. These included regular prayers and support of international charities, sharing lifts to church, recycling and encouraging wildlife on church land.
“But we know we can do a lot better”, says Matt. “We’re just at the start of a lifelong journey for the church. Eco Church has got its hooks into me!”
Encouraged by the bronze award and wanting to go for silver, Matt and the PCC are keen to involve the whole church in future plans and involve them in decision making. They want to carefully consider their future purchasing habits, efficient use of the building and land, and might even consider having cycle racks, keeping bees and installing solar panels on the church roof. Their plans will be made more visible through policies and regular involvement of church members and the wider community.
The Revd Mike Donmall, Associate Priest, is fully behind the move. He says “Our Christian faith is not church-bound. It’s what we do in our lives is what really matters. By becoming an Eco Church we can see opportunities to involve the local primary school in our efforts to care for the environment and share our journey with the whole of the Saddleworth team of churches.”