Looking after God's creation
Eco Church is organised by A Rocha UK to help churches become more environmentally aware and to care more effectively for God’s amazing creation.
To achieve eco church status, churches work through five key areas of church life: buildings, land, worship, community and lifestyle. Hereford Diocese launched as an Eco Diocese in September 2019.
St Laurence’s registered in 2019 and due to the efforts of many people over the years, found they had already reached Bronze award level. In September 2019, the PCC agreed that Eco Church should become a regular item on PCC agenda and that parish services would include quarterly prayers for Eco Church/A Rocha.
All Saints registered in 2020 and quickly reached Bronze award by October 2020. St Michael’s is also now registered and close behind, with the benefit of their wonderfully bio-diverse churchyard.
Continuing commitment during covid and a silver for St Laurence
During 2020 a Lent eco-challenge focusing on lifestyle was introduced across all three churches of the Parish with the assistance of Eeyore (our friendly Eco donkey and mascot). Alas, all our planning was cut short due to lockdown and the full survey results could not be collated.
Despite this, St Laurence’s was delighted to achieve the Eco Church Silver Award level (the second Anglican church in the Diocese closely followed by Hereford Cathedral) in November 2020.
Our next steps include the establishment of an environmental committee reporting directly to the PCC which will focus on steps to achieve Zero Carbon and a longer term challenge for all three churches to aim to achieve Gold level by 2030. This would be challenging indeed!
Regular eco tips now appear in our weekly newsletter Contact. We hope monthly climate prayers will resume in the near future as well as quarterly meetings of ‘Messy Church Outdoors’. Please visit this page again for details or contact us.
All our plans are underpinned by a desire to grow in our understanding of our human impact on the planet. We trust it will lead to lifestyle changes, and so demonstrate our commitment to caring for God’s wonderful creation.
If you’d like to know more or get involved, please contact the Church Office.
Silver level Eco Church
Bronze level Eco Church