Eco Church is A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world, both as a response to the biblical mandate to care for the earth, and as a demonstration of the Christian hope for God’s world. Part of the worldwide family of A Rocha organisations committed to conservation action as an expression of Christian mission.
Eco Church has been developed as the successor to Eco-Congregation for churches in England and Wales (Eco-Congregation continues to operate in Scotland and Ireland), and is run by A Rocha UK in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, and Tearfund.
At the heart of Eco Church is a unique, online survey that enables churches to both record what they are already doing to care for God’s earth, and to reflect on what further steps they can take to that end and then act accordingly.
As a church completes the survey they collect points towards an Eco Church Award. There are three levels of Eco Church Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
A circuit service is being planned currently to explore the themes and start a discussion across the Circuit. Look out for a date in the next quarter.
Further resources about the Eco Church scheme can be found here:
Video giving an overview of the Eco Church Scheme
Information from Arocha about how Eco Church Works:
Survey for Church Stewards: