Help Eco Church grow. That’s the message from A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins as he sounds a ‘wake-up call’. News of an appeal fund for the scheme accompanies the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s Root & Branch magazine.
However, supporters don’t have to wait for their copy – they can donate online now (at www.justgiving.com/arochauk – quote EC201605 in the comments box so your donation can boost our work with churches).
Alternatively, supporters can give by post (FREEPOST RSSB-SCBG-CSKR, A Rocha UK, 18 Avenue Road, Southall UB1 3BL – use the code ‘EC201605’ on the reverse of any cheque or charity voucher sent).
‘We’re delighted at the demand for Eco Church,’ said Andy. ‘But we need to raise funds to respond effectively.’ Donations would help:
– update materials and website;
– respond swiftly to enquiries;
– equip a team of speakers;
– maintain the small programme team.
‘We also plan to reach tomorrow’s church leaders,’ Andy pointed out, ‘by working with theological and ministerial training colleges to help them integrate caring for God’s world into their curriculum.’ He points to an urgent need to act because of ‘the reality of climate change and the speed at which we’re losing once-abundant nature. It’s a wake-up call for us all’.
Andy praises those churches who’ve already received awards. But the vision is to have at least 4,000 become Eco Churches in ten years across England and Wales. As churches vary greatly in resources, A Rocha UK believes it’s important the scheme is free at the point of use.
‘If people share the vision,’ said Andy, ‘they can help turn that vision into reality. Their gifts will support Eco Church and help us spread the message of caring for God’s earth.’ (Pictured – Andy Atkins far left, working at the urban nature reserve Wolf Fields)