A total of 1,500 downloads of a specially written Green Liturgy and 700 downloads of an earth-friendly bread recipe helped churches rise to the occasion.
Celebrations kicked off with a special service at Canterbury Cathedral on 4th February. Led by Bishop of Dover Rt Rev Trevor Willmott and Archdeacon of Maidstone Ven Stephen Taylor, it was attended by Eco Churches from across the diocese.
Nationwide, services started the following day on 5th February. A number of churches had taken this as their opportunity to work for an award in time to have it presented at their Green Communion service.
Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio spoke at Cambridge Community Church and presented them with their Bronze Award. Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper presented St Catherine’s Church, Burbage, with their Gold, and Oasis Waterloo received their Silver.
The anniversary events also led to a number of media opportunities. Archdeacon Stephen Taylor spoke about the celebrations on BBC Radio Kent, and Dr Valerio was interviewed for Christian radio stations UCB and TWR.
‘A huge breadth of churches took part,’ said Ruth. ‘The Green Communion was a great success, with churches up and down the country – and from a wide variety of denominations and networks – getting involved.’
A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme had been welcomed more than a year ago by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams as part of a ‘tectonic shift’ in Christian culture. Since that launch event, more than 500 churches across many denominations have registered, and more than 80 have already achieved at least a bronze award. (Photo: Church leadership team member Matthew Currey and son George at St John’s, Southall, who scooped their Eco Church Bronze Award!)