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  • Make way for a green day
    October 21, 2016

    Every church can turn green – with a national celebration for the first anniversary of Eco Church. It’s captured the imagination of well-known places of worship.

    Churches are encouraged to use a green cloth and green liturgy for communion services on 5th February 2017. St Paul’s Cathedral (pictured), Canterbury Cathedral, Goldhill Baptist Church, York Minster, Romsey Abbey and Portsmouth Cathedral have said they’ll take part. Others are expected to follow.

    NATIONWIDE COMMUNITY

    A ‘Green Communion’ resource has been specially written by Precentor of Canterbury Cathedral Rev Matthew Rushton. Churches who don’t normally use liturgy can adapt the prayers and use them however they want.

    Worshippers will be able not only to download prayers but also to upload pictures of their services to the Eco Church website. This will create a mosaic of a nationwide community caring for ... Read more...


  • Eco Church goes deep south
    October 21, 2016

    david-morgan-1Eco Church is headed for the deep south – as A Rocha UK and Anglican colleagues join forces with Christian Aid and Tearfund to boost the scheme across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

    Hosted by Salisbury and Winchester diocese, these Tools For Transformation events will explore A Rocha UK’s award scheme and the Big Church Switch – and share stories from local church eco-journeys. The Big Church Switch encourages churches to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

    COMMON HOME

    Christian Aid and Tearfund were involved in launching Eco Church, which has drawn nearly 400 churches. Now those partners are working with A Rocha UK to help even more Christians catch the vision.

    A Rocha UK Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will speak at the Hampshire and Dorset/Wiltshire events respectively through November, January and February.

    Tools For Transformation can be ... Read more...


  • Wales welcomes rare species
    October 21, 2016

    chough-3-1Feathered friends and fungi are the stars of South Wales for A Rocha UK’s Partner In Action, The St Madoc Centre.

    Over the past few months the Gower-based team have been busy clearing bracken from the headland at The St Madoc Centre – which is named after a sixth century church planter. And they’ve uncovered some surprises.

    VERY SCARCE

    Bracken may be good for some species such as adder – but not especially useful for a wide range of rarer plants, fungi and bird species. So the team were encouraged to see the return of chough to the site this autumn – and in numbers probably never previously recorded.

    Chough is a scarce breeding bird in the UK. It’s largely confined to cliffs of south and west Wales – with a few pairs in Cornwall. Chough need open ground with a plentiful supply of insects ... Read more...


  • Your coffee cash can energise the earth
    September 29, 2016

    For less than the cost of a couple of coffees each month, you can help pay nature’s recovery bill. A regular gift of just £4 will go towards funding A Rocha UK’s new strategy for the environment.

    BIG PLANS

    The state of UK’s nature demands unprecedented efforts to save it, says the charity. Latest data shows creation in crisis. As a Christian conservation organisation, A Rocha UK believes it’s ideally placed to mobilise churches to help. And it needs your support. Plans include:

    – increased conservation work at A Rocha UK’s nature reserves;

    – hundreds more churches involved in the Eco Church award scheme;

    – thousands more Christians engaged in caring for God’s earth.

    ‘For a small charity, A Rocha UK has big plans,’ said Operations Director Steve Deall. ‘We want to roll out our new strategy fast – for the sake of nature and people – ... Read more...


  • Walk on the wild side
    September 29, 2016

    walk-on-the-wild-sideSpectacular walks, finding reptiles and searching for marine life were among the highlights of St Madoc Centre’s recent Gower Wildlife Holiday.

    Held in conjunction with A Rocha UK, the break included a talk on Psalm 104 entitled Wild World, Wild God by A Rocha UK founder Dave Bookless.

    HABITAT PLAN

    This was also attended by local people from the area. In addition, birdwatching, a visit to Rhossili and picking blackberries were part of the varied programme of activities.

    Part of A Rocha UK’s Partners In Action network, St Madoc Centre is situated on Gower – Britain’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ‘With rolling hills dotted with patchwork fields and woodland, stony outcrops jutting through the green grass, north Gower is a beautiful place to visit or stay,’ said Conservation Ranger Sarah Leedham.

    Sarah used to live in Southall, working with A Rocha UK on Minet ... Read more...



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