Churches who care for creation could be flushed with success at this month’s Christian Resources Exhibition (CRE). A free Toilet Hippo will be given to the first 25 who register each day with A Rocha UK’s Eco Church scheme.
Eco Church is a free online survey with supporting resources designed to equip churches to care for God’s world in their worship and teaching; buildings and land management; community and global action, and in church members’ personal lifestyles. The Toilet Hippo is a simple, proven and low-cost water-saving device to help conserve water in toilet cisterns.
An award-winning Suffolk congregation has added Eco Church to its growing list of accolades. Emmanuel Church, Bungay, has snatched the first ever Silver Award in A Rocha UK’s scheme.
The honour has been bestowed following more than £140,000 worth of work on the church’s community buildings. It comes as the national Eco Church scheme celebrates more than 200 registrations.
Among Emmanuel’s other accolades are the Suffolk Greenest County Award and East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards. Emmanuel is a local ecumenical partnership between the Methodists and United Reformed Church. Its environmental action began after a local climate change conference in 2007.
Back then, the church helped form a community movement called Sustainable Bungay, which became a member of the Global Transition Network. Emmanuel followed that by starting its own ‘Going ... Read more...
Welsh surfer and ocean activist Laura Truelove recently helped lead a beach clean with nearly 70 children and teachers from a Swansea school – and staff from A Rocha UK’s partner St Madoc Centre, Llanmadoc.
Kathryn Britton of Keep Wales Tidy also assisted with the two-hour clean-up. This marine task force gathered more than 30 bags of rubbish from one of these islands’ most spectacular shorelines.
‘Among the rubbish, there were all sorts from glass and plastic bottles to lighters, fisherman’s rope, cotton bud sticks, and even the odd shoe,’ said Laura (pictured), a representative for Surfers Against Sewage.Read more...
One of the world’s greatest cathedrals has proven it’s green – not grim – up north. Located on one of the most significant Christian sites in Europe, York Minster has scooped a new environmental award.
Constantine was proclaimed Emperor while visiting the city in the fourth century. And now in the 21st century, A Rocha UK Chair Steve Hughes has proclaimed York Minster an Eco Church Bronze Award winner!
Steve presented the honour to York Minster at their main service on Easter Sunday – hot on the heels of St Paul’s Cathedral receiving their Eco Church Bronze award in January. Nearly 2,000 worshippers heard about the scheme and how York Minster took part.Read more...
That’s part of the story that A Rocha UK’s ‘aqua man’ Bob Sluka (pictured) will share at the Christians In Science Northern Conference this month. ‘Spreading The Good News Of Science And Faith’ will be held at The Diamond, Sheffield, on 16th April.
REVELATION OF GOD
Bob works mainly with A Rocha International, and assists A Rocha UK in marine conservation. His conference talk will focus on ‘Revealing the hidden things of God in the ocean: A Rocha’s marine research and conservation programme’.
A conference goal is to highlight science in action. ‘My goal is to help people see research as lifting off the basket over God’s candle – as in Matthew chapter ... Read more...