Eco Church Great Progress!

The Church in Westcott has been awarded a Bronze Award! 

Eco Church is an environmental aware scheme, run by global Christian charity A Rocha UK, which helps us look at all aspects of how we walk on God’s earth, and to take seriously our responsibility to love our neighbour, locally and across the globe.
 
At the heart of it is the belief that we have a God-given responsibility to care for all creation.  Eco Church helps churches do that.  There’s an online survey that helps us assess what we’re already doing to care for God’s earth, reflect on what more we can do, and act accordingly.  It’s designed to help us make our responsibility for caring for God’s earth an integral part of our everyday work and witness.
 
We launched our bid to become an Eco Church in January 2017 and we’re thrilled to say that we’ve already achieved our Bronze Award! 

Bronze award 670

But this is just the beginning as we are now looking deeper into what actions we need to take to help us move on towards Silver.  One of the first things we will be doing is looking more closely at the energy consumption of our Church buildings – to see how we might save energy, and money too!   We have also launched a leaflet ‘Caring for Creation’ as a simple guide to things that we can all do, as individuals, to make changes in our lifestyles…some small, some more significant…. which really can make a difference.
 
Click here for an online version of our Caring for Creation leaflet.