As Christians, we believe that God made the world, and that he cares deeply about all his creation. God has called us to love him, love one another and to be responsible stewards of the natural world; so, caring for creation is an integral part of loving our neighbours and following God faithfully.
‘Chinnor Churches Go Wild!’ is an ecumenical project which has commitment from all six churches in and around Chinnor, and has a steering group with representatives from each of the churches. Rev Maggie Thorne – Rector to the United Parish of Chinnor, Aston Rowant, Sydenham and Crowell – is chairing the project.
The churches involved in the project are:
Churches have a huge part to play in caring for God’s earth; and no matter what sort of building or grounds each church has, there are practical actions that can be taken to help protect and care for the natural world. Going forward, each church involved in the ‘Chinnor Churches Go Wild!’ project will aim to take part in the national ‘Eco Church’ award scheme; working towards gaining prestigious Eco Church Awards at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Indeed, after completing the ‘Eco Church’ survey in March, the project team were thrilled that St. Andrew’s Church has gained an Eco Church Bronze Award.
The project team are currently in discussions with local wildlife experts with a view to undertaking reptile, plant, bird, tree and lichens surveys in the different churchyards over the coming months. In addition, we plan several events each year, hold environmental services and our partners have regular work parties if you would like to get your hands dirty. For more information or to be involved in any of these activities, please contact Paul Taylor via firstname.lastname@example.org.