As they get ready to hold Green Communion services on Sunday 5th February, churches can download the special recipe. Their events mark the first anniversary of A Rocha UK’s highly popular Eco Church award scheme.
Participating churches are encouraged to bake earth-friendly bread for Green Communion, using a recipe from Hilfield Friary. First winners of an Eco Church Gold Award, this Anglican community shares ‘a wise ecology’ from its Dorset base.
‘We’re delighted to have a broad range of churches taking part,’ said Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper, ‘and they’re just the ones we know about!’ Nigel is eager to hear from any churches who haven’t yet told him about their Green Communion – and they can spread the word locally by using a press release template.
‘We also want churches to take pictures of their celebration – then upload them to the Eco Church website,’ said Nigel, ‘so we have a visual record of this special occasion.’ After uploading their images, churches can also use the space provided to write about their Green Communion experience.
LOVE OF NATURE
The Eco Church celebration falls in the same month as the Climate Coalition’s latest campaign. This encourages people to ‘Show the Love’ for those things precious to them that are under threat from climate change.
The Climate Coalition – of which A Rocha UK is a part – has produced a range of resources to help people ‘Show the Love’ for the things that matter to them, including a ‘green hearts’ toolkit.
‘Green Communion presents an ideal opportunity to distribute green hearts that people can wear throughout February,’ said Nigel. ‘We can all show our support for action on climate change – for the love of nature.’