St Mark’s church PCC have agreed that we should start the process of hopefully becoming an Eco church. Through this process we hope to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve carbon neutral by 2030.
We have registered our church with A Rocha UK who are Britain’s only Christian conservation charity. They focus on delivering practical local community-based action through churches, which form one of Britain’s biggest land-owners.
What does the process involve?
Churches complete the unique online Eco Survey about how they are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work. The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco Church Award.
The survey takes you through five key areas of church life:
Worship and teaching
Management of church buildings
Management of church land
Community and global engagement
Eco Church resources give lots of support and advice about how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church.
A Rocha UK’s Eco church encourages churches by having a award scheme. There are three levels of Eco Church Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold.
For more information about Eco church please click the button
Eco Tip – Ditch disposables. Single-use plastic and single-use styrofoam are sourced from fossil fuels and contribute to climate change. Both materials are also known to contain carcinogens that are harmful to human health; this is particularly true when they are used for hot liquids or food, or microwaved. In a season of picnics and busyness, try to remember to ‘BYOC’ (Bring Your Own Container or Cutlery) for your summer snacks instead of buying disposable items. Think reusable lunch boxes or beeswax wraps. Glass jars are another good option as they are non-toxic, don’t hold on to grease or food smells, and can hold liquids well too (but do mind their temperature with hot liquids).
During the week 4th -12th June several people kindly did a survey in our churchyard and recorded what wildlife, wild flowers, trees that they found in the churchyard.
On Saturday 11th June during our all age event we had several families come and count. They enjoyed other activities including colouring. The children enjoyed the refreshments.
What did we find?
All the findings were combined and set off. We have now been asked to continue surveying the churchyard throughout the year and recording anything else that we spot. So if you do spot something please leave your sightings at the back of church. If anyone would like a list of what was discovered in the churchyard then please contact us using the button below.
If you feel you want to get involved or want more information about St Mark’s Eco church journey please get in contact