Responding to God's calling for the earth
When the boiler fails or begins to show signs of wear, and imminent failure, what do we do?
How often do churches simply repeat the heating and lighting systems of the past and present without looking to the future?
When a church roof is repaired, or when guttering is replaced, do we us the opportunity to consider how rain water may be harvested and used?
Solar panels are getting cheaper — how often do churches consider the acres of roof spaces that could be used, and what about airconditioning units to heat as well as cool our church buildings?
The range of options is remarkable, hence Eco Church
Eco Church is a free, online, reward scheme designed to equip your church to work towards environmentally friendly practices.
To show that the Church is good news for God's earth.
The process involves a simple online questionnaire and awards your church with a certificate.
It asks churches to express love for God's creation in management of buildings and land, community and global leadership, lifestyle, worship and teaching.
With three levels; bronze, silver and gold, your church might already qualify for an Eco Award!
Read about one Methodist Church's journey to a Silver Award in An Eco Church's Mission.
First Methodist Church receives Gold Eco Church Award
Stratford-Upon-Avon Methodist Church has become the first Methodist Church in the country to receive a Gold Eco Church award. The award recognises the top level of achievement as part of environmental charity A Rocha's Eco Church scheme, which encourages churches to make changes to improve their climate impact and take action for the environment.
Stratford Methodist Church building was refurbished in 2014 which has significantly reduced its gas consumption, successfully reducing the carbon footprint of the church premises from 40 tonnes to 16 tonnes CO2 annually.
The church has also installed solar panels and a ground source heat pump, and started using rainwater to flush the toilets.
This has allowed the church to invite more community groups to use the building while continuing to reduce the environmental impact.
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