We committed ourselves in 2017 to work towards the Bronze Award in the EcoChurch scheme.
The framework covers 5 key areas of our church life:
- Worship and teaching. We have lots going on through preaching and prayer and are particularly celebrating caring for God’s earth as a teaching theme in our children’s and youth work. Our focus in 2017 is to bring more guest speakers from environmental organisations into All Souls.
- Management of church buildings is quite difficult and we’re continually looking for ways to insulate our wonderful but old spaces. We can already celebrate our gas and electricity being generated from renewable resources. In 2017 we’re aiming to have measured our energy use and calculated the carbon footprint.
- Management of church land. Here we are going to add to our small garden to encourage more native wildlife and plants. We’re also looking for more ideas to actively encourage members of our local community to use the church land for recreation/contemplation.
- Community and global engagement. We have a group called Soul Living to champion the cause of our church community becoming more ‘green’. In 2017 we’re hoping to expand a programme to organise events that provide an opportunity for our community to get out and enjoy God’s earth in our local area.
- Lifestyle. Inside the church we continue to improve our use of materials and recycling. And in 2017 we are encouraging our community to look beyond All Souls at their own lifestyle and how they interact with the environment.
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” Psalm 24:1-2
In a time of unprecedented environmental stresses, Eco Church enables All Souls to respond to God’s mandate to human beings to care for His creation, by integrating environmental care throughout our church’s life and mission.
You can read more about the national project here and watch a brief powerpoint presentation below, shown first in January 2017 to the church.
If you’d like to get involved in supporting the move towards a more sustainable and just engagement with creation as a church, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you up with the church Soul Living team.