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  • Suffolk church snatches the silver
    April 29, 2016

    suffolk churchAn 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.

    GREENEST COUNTY

    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 Green’ project to carry out major ... Read more...


  • Welsh activists vs drastic plastic
    April 29, 2016

    drastic plastic 1Welsh 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.

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  • It’s green up north
    April 1, 2016

    york minster 2One 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.

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  • How to follow God underwater
    April 1, 2016

    What’s it like to vomit underwater in the pursuit of God? You could say it takes commitment to a deeper level.

    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 5 – and setting out that city on a ... Read more...


  • Wolf Fields to celebrate May Day
    April 1, 2016

    wolf fields crowdMore than 300 people are expected to converge on A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields for a special open-air service on May Day (1st May).

    Main speaker will be A Rocha UK’s CEO Andy Atkins. Leading the service, which starts at 10.30am, will be Holy Trinity Church, Southall – a multi-ethnic worshipping community of people of all ages.

    IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS

    They’re part of the Southall Group Ministry of five Anglican parishes working together – St George’s, Emmanuel, St John’s and St Mary’s as well as Holy Trinity – who will all be taking part in the event.

    Everyone is welcome at the service, which comes at a time when A Rocha UK celebrates a long list of achievements at Wolf Fields. So far, A Rocha UK’s education team have led events for more than 500 children there.

    Since the start ... Read more...



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