WE are a BRONZE Award winning PASTORATE with ECO-CHURCH
WELL DONE SMESTOW BROOK GROUP PASTORATE
Let’s hear a little from the Eco-Church website
about what Eco-Church is all about:
“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 more your church does, the more points you get!
If your score doesn’t gain you an Eco Church Award straight away don’t worry – the idea is to complete further actions in order to gain the points necessary for an Award. For example, you can switch to a green energy company or start using Fairtrade tea and coffee supplies to gain Eco Church Award points.
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
It takes into account whether or not your church has buildings or land, and you can save your survey responses at any point and return to update them as your church completes additional actions.
Our free, Eco Church resources will give lots of support and advice about how to make the changes your church needs to become an Eco Church. There are three levels of Eco Church Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold. In order to qualify for an Award you must attain the required standard in each of the areas covered by the Eco Survey that apply to your church (some churches do not have buildings or land). You can see when you have gained sufficient points in each Eco Survey category by looking at the points gauges that appear on screen with the Eco Survey questions. The gauges will change colour as your points accumulate to reflect the level of Award you have achieved.”
Where are we on this journey?
Wombourne URC has received their BRONZE and SILVER AWARDS
We have a wonderful group of committed folk looking at ways in which we can improve in a number of categories…we know we can do it with just a little extra work we will be there soon have our GOLD AWARD!
Swindon URC has received their Bronze Award…CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
St Andrew’s URC has received their BRONZE AWARD…well done, this is fantastic work!
We at St Andrew’s URC have made some wonderful decisions that are improving how we use our building to encourage us towards becoming more eco-friendly, namely,
- We now have our gas and electricity from part renewable utility providers
- We recycle all church waste as well as encourage the pre-school to recycle
- We no longer use plastic bags at Coffee Mornings (only paper bags) and encourage everyone to bring their own containers for the ‘take away’ cakes